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Photographer who freelanced for city daily dies aged 64

Gerry McCannA photographer who worked for a daily newspaper and whose work appeared around the world has died aged 64.

Tributes have been paid to Gerry McCann, pictured, who freelanced for titles including Glasgow-based daily The Herald.

Gerry’s work also appeared in The Economist, The Observer, Der Spiegel, The Globe and The Guardian.

During his career, he covered the plight of refugees in Ethiopia and Sudan, and also organised a project which saw a team of photographers capture Glasgow over the course of 24 hours for a book.

In an obituary for The Herald, Gerry’s friend Mike Higgins wrote: “He was a solid trade unionist and an active member of the National Union of Journalists and their Photographers’ Council.

“As such he tirelessly championed the rights of his colleagues whose livelihoods were being drastically eroded by the relentless tide of social media, the encroachment of so-called citizen journalism and the cuts in budgets to news and picture desks which have resulted in the slashing of commissions for professional photographers, freelancers and staffers alike.

“Gerry, always freelance, also fell victim to this and last year reverted to his original job of social work.

“Gerry, a dogged professional to the end, refused to give up completely on his passion and was, until very recently, talking about embarking on fresh picture projects.”