It is with great sadness that Central Saint Martins shares news of the death of Dave Hendley
“As a tutor in Graphic Communication Design, Dave worked for CSM for many years and was unbelievably loyal to the College, his colleagues and above all, his students,” writes Rebecca Ross, Programme Director of Graphic Communication Design. “A considerable photographer in his own right, his passion for photography left an indelible mark on those he taught. He was a generous and deeply caring tutor who was much loved.”
As well as an educator, Dave was a well-known and respected reggae photographer, label owner, journalist, and DJ. Prior to his death, Dave was working on a book and exhibition of his photography of reggae music’s golden age between 1977 and 1979 when he made several trips to Kingston, Jamaica. By 1979, his interest had evolved from enthusiast and documenter into record production and he had first-hand experience working with some of the music’s greatest innovators, such as Lee Perry, King Tubby and Augustus Pablo.
The exhibition of Dave’s work will go ahead, produced by Gary Wallis and Andrea Lioy on his behalf. Reggae music’s golden age: 1977-1979 will be held 7 November – 2 December in the Crossing Window Galleries. As part of the exhibition we will be hosting a reception in memorial and celebration of Dave, his life and his work.
Dave is survived by his partner Kaori Joma and his mother.