Fontella Koleff

I was fortunate to work with Bryan at The Advertiser and it was always a pleasure to go out on a shoot with him. Not only was he one of the best in the business he always made the shoot fun. As a young cadet his knowledge of print media world made it much easier to navigate this new crazy, strange world. 

After we both left the ‘Tiser, Bryan did some work for me while I was at ForestrySA and to this day I am still trying to work out how he got hardened old bush foresters out at Bundaleer Forest to go along with his photo idea was pure magic to watch. They were like putty in his hand. That was his skill – whether you were a colleague or one of his subjects – he always had an amazing connection and impact with people. 

His humor was absolutely legendary and when you spotted that impish smile and the twinkle in the eye you knew that some mischief was close by. 

He was also someone who never changed at all over the years, when we would occasionally catch up whether it was at Advertiser reunions or on the Tuesday curry nights at the Robin Hood,  it was always as though time had stood still, just continuing on with the same conversation we started back in the 1980s.

My thoughts are with Denise and the rest of the family.

Vale to one of the best newspaper photographers this city ever had. ?

One Comment

  • Mark Fallander

    I’m sitting here smiling, at times I’m laughing recalling some experiences with Bryan. Far too many to relate here. I remember a natural gentleman, a sincere and genuine man with a smile that affected everyone he met. The world needs many more Bryan Charltons’ and it would be a much better place. Rest in peace mate.