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Barry Mittan RIP

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


    SHARPIE In through the out door... Staff Member

    What sad news to wake up to - had the pleasure of meeting him a few times and he supplied pictures freely for some sites I was involved in back in the day - rip :(
  2. floskate

    floskate Vacant

    I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. RIP :(
  3. joeperryfan

    joeperryfan Well-Known Member

    Sad news indeed... I was under the impression he had stepped away from skating because of health issues, I am a bit shocked to find out that the cause of his death was a car accident, I guess it was his time... :(

    I, like everybody else, at one point had tons of his photos on Pixieworld, it was very nice of him to help the skaters and the fans in that way. RIP
  4. YoenNL

    YoenNL Active Member

    I am shattered by this news. Barry was always friendly to me at championships when I was judging there. He will be greatly missed. Does anyone know how and where the accident happened? Was it in Zagreb?
  5. Carina

    Carina Active Member

    Very sad news :( RIP, Barry, we will not forget your fantastic photos.
  6. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    What horrible news! His pictures were always among my favorites. Thanks for sharing your personal skating related encounters with him. My condolences to his family & friends. RIP, Barry.
  7. eliza61

    eliza61 Active Member

    Awful news, Barry became a facebook friend a few years ago after I emailed him asking advice about skating photography. I facebook chatted to him on the odd occasion, mainly to ask advice about photography and of course about skating. He was always more than happy to patiently share his wealth of knowledge with novices like me. RIP Barry, my condolences to his family and friends.
  8. Kasey

    Kasey Correcting President Trump's grammar on Twitter :)

    How very sad, and what a loss of a talented man. :( RIP and thoughts to his family.
  9. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    This was from the OzSkater Facebook page.

  10. Meredith

    Meredith what a glorious day!

    What a loss! Barry Mittan's were among my favorite skating photos over the years. My condolences to his family and many friends.
  11. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    So sad. Barry was always very kind to me and to others who approached him at comps. IIRC, we met at SA in Springfield, MA too many years ago. RIP, Barry.
  12. Dave of the North

    Dave of the North Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear about this. I met Barry at one of the skating comps in Saint John many years back.
  13. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    Very sad news. So many wonderful contributions to the sport. I still have some e-mails from earlier exchanges, RIP.
  14. kia_4EverOnIce

    kia_4EverOnIce Active Member

    Such a sad news. When there were less resources online, his photo introduced me to many skaters and highlighted many competitions. I have learnt so much also just admiring what a skating photo should be. :(

    RIP Barry Mittan.
  15. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    I was stunned to find this out, this morning. Barry was a great talent and a great friend. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to Jayne, his lovely wife. Anyone who would like to leave a message for her can do so on Barry's FB page.
  16. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    Oh no. I've seen his name on so many skating photos online it's even funny. Have enjoyed his website as well. So sorry to hear about this :(. Condolences to his loved ones.
  17. Nan

    Nan Just me, retired

    RIP :(

    The skating community has lost a talented photographer.
  18. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    What a loss.
    The quality of his articles and photographs showed his respect and love for skating.
    He brought its' beauty to life, for all fortunate enough to know his work.

    Article with details:

    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  19. talulabell

    talulabell Well-Known Member

    Was very said to hear this news late last night. I met Barry when I was working as a volunteer at a competition, in the press room. This was back in the film age (way back) and I remember chatting every time he dropped off his film or picked up his prints. He was, bar none, the nicest guy who came through that room. He was a very talented photographer who will be missed.
  20. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

    I didn't see this linked above in this thread, but here is an obituary from the Tallahassee paper.

    This was sad and shocking news to read this morning. :( Condolences to his family and friends.

    His skating photographs were such a contribution to the sport. He was able to capture so much of the beauty and passion of figure skating and he will be greatly missed.

    About a decade ago, I bid (on rssif) on a large group of his photos of the Kween and was thrilled to have the winning bid. Over the years I've given some of them away, but treasure the ones that remain in my possession.

    RIP, Mr. Mittan.
  21. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    Unlike some of the posters in this thread, I did not know Barry Mittan personally - but I've enjoyed his work over the years, and I know he'll be missed. Such a sad loss and so unexpected. My condolences to his loved ones.
  22. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    Just an FYI, for those who may not have known. Barry also took amazing circus photos. He took photos for NYC Ballet when they were in residence up in Saratoga, NY. He also did landscape books with photos of his world travels. He was just finishing a book on Mexico. He had magnificent photos of his extensive gardens in Tallahassee. He loved animals, and had many, including exotic animals. He had wonderful stories, which he was generous to share with all. He didn't just take technically excellent photos of skaters/circus performers/dancers, he showed us who they were. He befriended his subjects, he cared about them. It showed in his work. It was from the heart.
  23. flowerpower

    flowerpower Well-Known Member

    Very sorry to hear this....such a loss for all of us who appreciated his work, and of course for his family most of all. :(
  24. luenatic

    luenatic Well-Known Member

    This is really sad. He was waiting at the red light and got rear-ended. There was nothing he could have done. RIP Barry.
  25. RickInSanJose

    RickInSanJose Active Member

    I am truly saddened to hear of his passing, particularly in light of how it happened. My favorite photos of Kristi Yamaguchi in performance are ones that he took.
  26. skatak

    skatak Well-Known Member

    what a shock. I remember having worked with him on an interview of Frederic Dambier, back in the days.
    RIP Barry :-((
  27. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your beautiful thoughts and remembrances, cruisin, and everyone.

    My deepest condolences to Barry Mittan's wife Jayne, and to his family, friends, and many acquaintances. His legacy lives on in his work and in the inestimable kindness and caring he bestowed upon so many people.
  28. amyem

    amyem New Member

    I haven't logged on or even read FSU for years, my skating fandom has slightly dwindled but I just wanted to add to all the wonderful things said about Barry. I first met him in the 90s when the skating internet was a small crowd and he was everything everyone has said; kind, generous, caring. I think what really stands out is that he loved the skating for the skaters, it wasn't about pleasing the higher ups or promoting himself. He took gorgeous photos for the skaters and their fans. He gave me so many lovely photos when I mantained a fan web site and was always generous with his time to help me be a better photographer. A very sad day, figure skating has lost a special person,
  29. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

  30. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    Yes, he did. It was all about love of the sport and caring for the skaters.