LAUSANNE, June 11, 2018 - Getty Images’ Senior Director for Sport, EMEA, Steve Rose has died aged 54, the foremost stock photo agency announced.
In an email received by AIPS on Monday, Ken Mainardis, Senior Vice President Global Editorial, Getty Images broke the sad news:
“I am writing to share the sad news that our Senior Director for Sport, EMEA and close friend, Steve Rose, passed away on Sunday morning in London following a heroic 15-month fight against illness.
“Steve Rose was a giant of the golden age of sports photography. He began his career at Allsport, the business that became Getty Images Sport, in September 1983 working all the way through the organisation from dark room to Director of Photography. Steve was well-known and liked across the industry for his commitment to quality and a total dedication to elevating the craft of sports photography.
“During his career, Steve managed the Getty Images UK and EMEA sports teams, producing and developing the finest sports photography talent and teams in the world today.
“We will miss Steve greatly and our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Senior Vice President Global Strategic Development, Getty Images, Lee Martin also paid tribute to his dear friend and colleague.
He told Photoarchivenews: “We started together at Allsport in 1983 so worked together man and boy for 35 years. I will miss him so much his sense of humour was legendary he played a massive part in helping build the Allsport Agency and then the Getty Images Sports business he was respected by every Sport Photographer in the industry should they be Getty Images or competitors that was the mark of the man. RIP Rosie.”