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Editorial: Junior Dowie: eye of a genius

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 2:00 AM

Junior Dowie was one of those people who seemed oblivious to his own genius, or something to near to. Which was what he was with a photographic camera. He died on Wednesday, aged 82. He spent more than six decades in the profession, mostly at The Gleaner.

Mr Dowie had an instinct for composition, an eye for detail, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the technical aspects of his craft that made him among the best newspaper photographers in the English-speaking Caribbean, of his or any generation. And he was the consummate professional, doing almost anything to get the job done, yet always, it seemed, being able to maintain high ethical values. He was generous with his knowledge.

In an era of the noisy, rambunctious newspapermen, Junior Dowie was measured and soft-spoken even in the midst of the heated debates when he and colleagues enjoyed more than a tipple in between assignments. His response was the same to accolades, even in later life - understated.