The NUJ has paid tribute to long-serving former Sunderland Echo photographer Tony Colling who died after a short illness at the age of 76.
Colling worked at the regional newspaper for 50 years, beginning his career at 16 years old.
Angela Burn, his former colleague at Sunderland Echo photographic department, said: “He was a talented photographer who got the highest marks in the country when he took his proficiency test. He changed the echo with his photography”.
Early in his career, he covered the lifeboat disaster at Seaham in 1962, a national story, when all the crew but one died in a storm off Seaham Harbour.
Throughout his tenure, Colling also photographed prominent British figures including Princess Margaret and The Beatles.
He died, after a short illness, in Sunderland Royal Hospital, following a battle against cancer.
The NUJ stated it:“ sends condolences to his family and friends”.