GORDON BROOKS TRIBUTEby Patrick Eagar
Gordon Brooks, the Barbadian photographer, has died at the age of 81. He will be remembered for his charm, his talent and his dedication to West Indies cricket.
His father, Clarence, was a photographer and Gordon followed him, setting up a partnership with his friend Cyprian LaTouche in 1971. Brooks LaTouche became a successful commercial enterprise engaging in portraits of politicians (prime ministers included), business people, weddings, and news photography much of it for the Nation newspaper, which he helped to found. Although based in Barbados, many of these assignments found him travelling all over the Caribbean.
His office was in Bridgetown, so photographing cricket at the Kensington Oval became a regular event. In 1984 Tony Cozier suggested that Gordon travel to England for the West Indies tour. It was a fortunate decision for West Indies won all five Tests in the famous series victory which later became known as “Blackwash”. Encouraged by this, Gordon completed many more cricket tours of England, as well as two tours to Australia and one to South Africa. In 2003 he published a book of his photographs titled “Caught in Action”.
I remember him as an extremely professional photographer with the highest of standards. Gordon always worked quietly with a minimum of fuss. On top of that he was a really nice guy. It was a privilege to have known him and he will be greatly missed.