Alexander John ‘Jack’ Titchen
IT was a rare moment when Jack Titchen would be out and about without a camera -- or two or three -- dangling from straps around his neck.
The Australian-born photographer, who made Hawaii his home for many years but who was truly a citizen of the world he captured through his lens, was a disarming fellow. His often-rumpled appearance belied a thoroughly professional newsman with keen eyes for the unusual, for the shot that told a deeper story.
On assignments for the Star-Bulletin, where he worked for 25 years, Jack would frequently step to the side to survey the action, searching for the best photo from the best angle.
He was quick, but maintained high standards. He was objective, but sympathetic. He spoke his mind, but let bygones be bygones.
When Jack died last week, he left a treasure of images that chronicled events large and small in Hawaii and elsewhere. From the devastation of volcanic eruptions and hurricanes to giggling children and serene ocean sunsets, he used his cameras to record and share his perspectives. His photographs make up an extraordinary legacy. '
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