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Barry Mittan RIP

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Aussie Willy, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    This was posted on Facebook and thought I should share it on here. I haven't seen another thread about this. Very sad news.

    Barry did a fabulous job of skating photos. I met him at the GWG in 2001 and he was a very nice and down to earth person. We were able to buy photos off him on the train travelling back into Brisbane city.

    Sad loss to the skating world.
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  2. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!


    Mittan is the correct spelling of Barry's last name (I think it auto-corrected on you).

    I'm very sorry to hear this news, but thanks for starting this thread.

    His photography website: http://www.jbmittan.com/
  3. mysticchic

    mysticchic Well-Known Member

    So very sad to hear about Barry. He will be missed. Wow what a shock.
  4. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    That is very sad. Back in the days when there weren't that many skating photos available online, his were some of the first. I ended up doing a skating website for a school project while in college and emailed him explaining I was broke, but working on the website. I asked if he could send me one of skater's pictures for free. He ended up emailing all of them to me, and some from a previous event that wasn't even listed -which was very nice of him. RIP
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  5. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    Sorry about the spelling. The quote from Facebook I posted had his name spelt with an "e".
  6. lulu

    lulu New Member

    Horrible news. My thoughts and prayers to his family & friends during this unimaginably difficult time. :(
  7. seabm7

    seabm7 Well-Known Member

    It's so sad. I used to read his articles at skatetoday.com. I'm praying for his family.
  8. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    How awful. His photographs of skaters were some of my very favorite ones, and he was generous in sharing them around. He'll be very missed. (I wonder if USFSA will do something to recognize his passing? I think they should.)
  9. Mozart

    Mozart Well-Known Member

    so sad :(
  10. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed his photos so much over the years. This is a sad loss.
  11. Lanna

    Lanna Well-Known Member

    So sad. :( His photos were always fantastic.
  12. Willowway

    Willowway Well-Known Member

    What a talented man. He was so very kind to Kulik's Krew when we were first getting a website started way, way back - we asked him for photos of Ilia to start our library and he gave us permission to use everything he had. I will not forget how quickly he said "of course, yes." Generosity like that doesn't come along every day. I pray for him and his family.
  13. Clay

    Clay Well-Known Member

    Sad news : we lost a great friend of skating. He loved the sport and sharing his photos. As others have said, he was very generous.
  14. Sugar64

    Sugar64 Member

    What sad news. My condolences to his family and friends.
    He was the first photographer I ordered photos from and they were always so beautiful. I hope USFS will acknowledge his passing.
  15. Really

    Really I need a new title

  16. halffull

    halffull Life is a beautiful thing

    Very sad. RIP
  17. kalamalka

    kalamalka Well-Known Member

    This is really sad news. I chatted with Barry at almost every competition I've attended since 2000 or so - and he and my friend Rosaleen (who will be very sorry to hear this as well) got to know one another very well. So sorry for his family.
  18. NadineWhite

    NadineWhite Well-Known Member

    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of such a great man. His name will always be associated with figure skating photography in my mind.
  19. alchemy void

    alchemy void blowing kisses with bitchface

    So sad. I remember his photos, via the slowest AOL dialup connection possible, really helped to draw me into the sport in the mid to late 90s. Rest in peace.
  20. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

    So sorry to hear of Barry's death. He was one of the first people I met back in the 1990's at events. Such a wonderful person.
  21. victorskid

    victorskid Skating supporter

    Posted by Skate Canada on Facebook:
  22. Alex Forrest

    Alex Forrest Banned Member

    Wow, I met him way back too. Like 1994. Horrible way to die. It was J. Barry Mittan, right? He basically owned the rights to every skating pic on the net. And he was a nice one. Just wanted every single one of his photos to have his name on it... My thoughts go out to his family, but really, they go out to Barry first and foremost. He was quite a legend way back when. He graced people with his talent and presence. Very sad news.

    God, I'm going back 15 years, but didn't some skate mom at Sasha and Naomi's rink turn him in for photographing skaters? I think he stopped his passion for the perfect picture after that. I could be wrong, but Barry was always good with a story at Nationals. I think when some mother of a talentless daughter got no attention she turned him in to police.

    RIP, and don't worry Doris is dead anyway.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  23. Jarrett

    Jarrett Firebird for worlds!

    Mr. Mittan was very nice to share all of his photos throughout the years.
  24. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    I did a double take just now when bringing up GSD for the first time tonight and saw this sad news. In the space of only a few months, we've lost two of the men who for many of us gave us the greatest skating pictures of the last, at least, 30 years.

    Thank you for all of the wonderful pictures Sir. Rest in Peace. :(
  25. aemeraldrainc

    aemeraldrainc Active Member

    from Facebook:
    [h=5]U.S. Figure Skating
    [/h][h=5]U.S. Figure Skating mourns the loss of longtime skating photographer Barry Mittan, who passed today. Our thoughts are with his family.
  26. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I remember him well! I didn't recognize the name until someone pointed out the correct spelling and mentioned JB. May he RIP. I know I bought photos from him on a few occasions and I believe he was always generous about allowing me to use his photos on my websites way back in the day.
  27. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    What a decent, classy guy he was. Thanks for sharing.

    My heart and prayers go out to Mr. Mittan's loved ones and friends. His gifts will be sorely missed in the skating world. :(
  28. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    His photographs were always excellent. I'm glad to hear all these stories about how generous he was with them too.
  29. The Observer

    The Observer Active Member

    Kind of shocked to read about what happened to him. :(

    When I first saw news of his death on Twitter, I assumed it was a heart attack or cancer. Had no idea till I came here and saw the first post that he was in a bad car accident.
  30. marysy

    marysy Well-Known Member

    I'm so sorry to hear this. :( He had some of the most gorgeous G&G photos, and I too remember contacting him about photos a long time ago and receiving a very kind response. Rest in peace, and all the best wishes to his family.

    Thanks Sylvia for posting the link to his website. Some of those photos bring to mind some of the first and best figure skating photos I had ever seen, back when the internet was still in its infancy. Wonder if it's still possible to still order his photos; if so, may just order one of those DVDs with all the photos of a particular skater that is advertised on the site.