In early 2018, Arena lost one of its most popular and creative members, Harry Cundell, who died at the age of 94. Still active and a regular attendee at our meetings, Harry had been a member of the group for over 25 years. During this time he was actively involved in the running of the group in many ways, most notably as organiser of its major exhibition at Whiteley’s of Bayswater and as auditor. He had also been a member of Croydon Camera Club since the mid-1960s, and was made an honorary life member. More recently he became a member of both the Saffron Walden and Cambridge clubs.
First and foremost, Harry will be remembered as a gentleman, charming and instantly likeable. He was kind, thoughtful, full of energy and enthusiasm, and had a keen sense of humour but always with a serious and considered point of view to express as well.
His own photography was noted for its creativity. He used techniques such as solarisation and multiple images, and experimented with the use of flatbed scanning, to create very personal and thought-provoking images that made for compulsive viewing. He was tireless in his desire to try out new and old processes, in the darkroom and digitally, and never keen to establish a comfort zone for himself.
Most of all, Harry possessed that rare quality of making you feel better for spending time in conversation with him. Arena, along with the other photographic circles that Harry was a part of, will undoubtedly be the poorer without him.