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GRANT ERSKINE MEMORIAL CONCERT (article first published : 2005-11-13)

Press photographer, Grant Erskine, died of a heart attack in his sleep on the weekend at his friend's farm in the Midlands. He is responsible for many of the wonderful images of arts happenings captured over many years and was always obliging in giving arts events media publicity.

The Durban Folk Club is hosting a memorial concert for Grant on November 15 from 19h00 at the UKZN Jazz Centre. All friends are welcome to come along. There will be an open mic for music, poetry and tributes.

"In the passing of Grant, we have lost a special friend and colleague and Independent Newspapers has lost a supremely talented and dedicated photographer," says close friend Illa Thompson. “Grant was happiest behind the camera capturing hard news and creative features - favouring unusual portraits, fashion and the arts - for the various Independent Newspapers titles for which he worked for many years. He was a talented photographer who took great care in striving for the ideal composition and perfect moment. In this disposable society it is rare to find someone with such patience, dedication to his work and such commitment to his art. He had a natural gift for photography or "painting with light" as he preferred to call it.

“Grant had a diverse range of talents, skills and interests - he loved his music and was a closet guitar player performing his own delicate and beautiful compositions to a select audience. For the past decade he has been very active in the Durban Folk Club - from when it still operated from the Plaza Hotel. He was integral to the smooth running of the many music evenings and concerts. For the past few years, he assisted his friend Sue Salisbury with stage-managing both the Southern Cross and the Splashy Fen Music Festivals. He was already planning for and looking forward to the next year's events.

“During the tenth anniversary of Splashy he was delighted with the honour of being given The Freedom of Splashy Fen in acknowledgement of his contribution over the years to the festival as a photographer, as a stage manager and a committed Splashy "groupie". He only ever missed one Splashy when he was travelling overseas.”

Says Splashy Fen's Pedro Carlo: "You couldn't find a better person in the music industry than Grant. He just went ahead and did what was needed and never asked for anything. He really was amazing!"

There will be a cash bar – take along a plate of bring-and-share eats. For more information about the Memorial Concert contact Sue on 084 556 7140 or 031 465 3339.




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