Jeremy Cockayne (1935-2002)
Jeremy Cockayne, the architectural photographer, died suddenly last week at the age of 67. He was a respected member of Arcaid and had been commissioned by practices such as Eva Jiricna Architects, Studio BAAD, Sheppard Robson and, in Europe, Santiago Calatrava.
Jeremy had a remarkable talent for visualising a building as a composition of light and volume - his photographs of Calatrava's Swiss railway stations are magical. Yet he took up the profession relatively late in life - it was only at the age of 50 that he decided to turn a hobby into a new career as an architectural photographer; previously he had worked in public relations at Bristol Siddeley and as an advertising account executive in New York.
Jeremy gained his photographic expertise as assistant to Richard Bryant, travelling with him to France, Canada and the US. 'His interests in art, food and culture made him the ideal travelling companion, and he became a close friend, 'says Bryant.
As his photographs demonstrate, Jeremy was a perfectionist.Everything he put his hand to he made exquisitely. A harpsichord in his front room in York, where he lived, stands as an example of his craftsmanship. He is survived by his wife, Nadia, and two children.