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Tributes to freelance photographer with ‘passion’ for local press

Louis FloodTributes have been paid to a well-known freelance photographer who had a “passion” for the local press.

Louis Flood, left, whose pictures appeared in the Perthshire Advertiser as well as a host of national and other publications, has died aged 84.

Louis began his career in photography with an apprenticeship at Star Photos in 1947, at the age of 14, and went on to work for the Daily Mail, in Dundee, and later established his own business, Louis Flood Photographers, in 1977.

A tribute published in the Advertiser states he “captured the changing face of Perth and her rural hinterland” over the years.

“Louis’ work, and passion, for the national and local press featured heavily in a well-received ‘Golden Age of Photojournalism’ exhibition staged by Perth Museum,” its says.

“In the pre-computer and digital days of photography, the in-demand freelancer could recall racing to Perth Station to ensure his prized images reached papers in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen in time for their late night deadlines.

“A member of the National Union of Journalists, Louis was the go-to photographer for everything from hard news stories to Royal visits, weddings, social gatherings, sport and agricultural events, including the world famous Perth Bull Sales, Perth Show, the Highland Show in Edinburgh and the Smithfield Show in London.

“His strong ties to the Scottish farming community were reflected in membership of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists.”

Louis is survived by his wife Kathleen, son Louis Jnr, daughters Laura and Liesa and three grandchildren, Lottie, Rory and Joseph.