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Modest Donat was as committed as they come

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It was good to read the tribute stressing John Donat's involvement (Letters, 2.9.04) with recent architecture.

sensed John felt a bit left out of the high-profile world of today's go-getting architectural photographers, finding it hard to obtain commissions despite modest fees and devotion to his subjects.

I treasure some of the images he made for the commissions we were able to pass to him, to record work by Calatrava in Salford (which took three days when he refused to photograph Trinity Bridge in the rain), Elgohary and Graves in Egypt, and our exhibitions at the RIBA on Kurokawa and the AKAA.

Everything that came out of his lens showed his commitment to the subject, to the designer, and to the place or the situation he was working in (remember his prison pictures? ) Little changed in his attitude to his work, which ecades earlier produced that extraordinarily important series he edited on World Architecture, in which his photographs often appeared.

Dennis Sharp, Dennis Sharp Architects, London EC1

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