Remembering Shaun Best

June 13, 2011

The following is a note to staff from News Editor, Pictures America, Gary Hershorn following the tragic death of Montreal based Reuters photographer Shaun Best.

“By now you have all woken up Monday morning having dealt with the news on Sunday that our colleague and friend Shaun Best has passed away.

We have all been running through our heads today Shaun’s passing, trying to make some sense of something that has hit so many of us so hard.

First and foremost today we stood together in shock, thinking of Shaun’s partner, Denise and his parents and how they were coping with this tragic event.

Then there were dozens of us who have talked today, sharing stories, moments and thoughts of our time with Shaun, remembering him as the friend and gentleman he was before we even mentioned the impact his passing will have on our world of photojournalism.

I was reminded today no matter how a photographer leaves this world of ours, it is a tragic moment causing another blow to be felt by all of us who work in this business. It’s hard on all of us to lose talent of the kind Shaun possessed.

From a pure work perspective Shaun stood ahead of so many. As I read in a Montreal Gazette story today, he was our go to guy for so many things. He shot every assignment well and never hesitated to lend a hand editing whenever possible. We will miss his hands on approach to the file.

We all should consider ourselves lucky to have had Shaun on our staff at Reuters. We benefited from his talent, friendship and willingness to help so many people in so many ways.

I suspect Monday will be hard for all of us, the shock will wear off somewhat and we will be left to grieve and try and find a way to deal with the loss.

While many a tear will be shed, many a smile will be smiled as we think about what he meant to us and how simply fortunate we were to have had him in our lives.

I think we stand united in understanding the loss we are suffering through. I hope you all find a way to remember a moment you spent with Shaun that made you proud to have had him as a friend and co-worker.

He will be missed by us all.”

View a gallery of Shaun’s work here.


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I am shocked !!! I met Shaun Best first time last year during the Rogers Cup of Tennis in Montreal.
I was seated on field near him. He was so gentle and help me because I got a problem with my Nikon.
Then I met Shaun several times during this last year.
We are loosing a great photographer and also a gentleman.

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Over several years I worked side by side with Shaun at Augusta and he was always extremely helpful. Some colleagues are always in the way, but not Shaun. He was always extremely helpful and always had a kind word when you were most tired. I will miss him much…

Christer Höglund

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