ON July 2nd, photography lost one of its brightest lights. Born in pre-war Glasgow, Dennis Hylander was to study in the USA, help create the English North-West powerhouse of social photography, enjoy his beloved Melbourne, Marbella and Hampstead – and lead countless professional photographers
to follow in his footsteps.
His career was truly international and multi-faceted. From door-to-door family portraits in the days of black and white he progressed to pioneer colour wedding photography, and in his final decade revived the manipulation of Polaroid SX70 for fine art giclée reproduction.
His autobiography is titled I Used to be Famous, a modest understatement typical of his humour. At the age of 81 he was still greeting old friends wherever photographers gathered, offering sound and always extremely kind and positive
advice to those on the way up.
He was a fair-thinking chair of meetings and judgings, a memorable President of MPA and a mentor to all who asked for help. In 1997, the award for best MPA Licentiate of the Year was named in his honour. He will be much missed by his wife Simone (with whom he is seen in the top photograph), their children and his grandchildren for whom he manipulated whole new worlds, and told stories around them.