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ASPP Mourns the Passing of George Sinclair

ASPP Mourns the Loss of George Sinclair

News of the passing of George Sinclair.

It is with deep regret and sadness that the ASPP informs its membership and supporters of the passing of longtime member George Sinclair, founder and executive director of Universal Images Group, Ltd.

image of George Sinclair
Family photo of George

George was born in the United Kingdom, the son of professional artists.  He majored in finance and law at South East London and Crawley Sussex Colleges and continued at Rutgers, New Jersey in the Executive Master’s Degree Program. 

An industry icon for over forty years, George started his career path with the development of picture transmission systems for press agencies, reconnaissance photography, fingerprinting and other applications utilizing volumes of images.  A technology pioneer and businessman, George’s mission was to broaden the reach of photography via technology.  Among his many accomplishments, he served on the IPTC Technical and Management Committee, as press photo advisor to Kodak, co-authored Encyclopedia Britannica’s Image Quest system, was Managing Director of IFRA North America, founder of the Virtual Picture Desk in 2002 as well as Universal Images Group in 2008.

With ties to many different organizations and corporations, George was always a strong believer and supporter of the ASPP and its mission. He served for many years as Co-President of ASPP’s Midwest Chapter. During his tenure, he created and led numerous educational and networking events for ASPP members, and in December 2013, was named one of three recipients of the ASPP’s highest honor, the Jane Kinne Picture Professional of the Year award. He also chaired and organized industry events for BAPLA, including the reception at the British Embassy during the CEPIC Congress in Berlin this past June.

George authored a number of books including “Historic Maps and Views of London” for Black Dog & Leventhal, and similar pictorial books on Paris and Rome. A mentor and a great supporter of the arts, George was also a master storyteller, known to entertain many with tales of his travels and experiences.  He will be greatly missed by all of his friends here at the ASPP.

George passed away on November 20, 2014 in London, and is survived by his wife Ruth Hytry, his  daughter Olivia, sons Cameron and Alexander, and his many grandchildren.  A service will be held in Putney Vale Crematorium in London on November 29 at 10:45am. A reception will follow, and all are welcome if you would like to pay your respects.

In lieu of flowers, a Macmillan Tribute Fund webpage has been set up to receive charitable donations in George’s honor  (details here).  ASPP is collecting donations for this fund. If you wish to participate, you can send a donation via Paypal to director@aspp.com, or via check to our national office:

American Society of Picture Professionals
Attention Sam Merrell
201 East 25th St Suite #11c
New York, NY 10010