St Bride's: News - Horst Faas Memorial

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St Bride's: News

Horst Faas Memorial

Horst Fass
28th April 1933 -
10th May 2012

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On Thursday 18th October, 2012, at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving for the life of Horst Faas, the award winning war photographer, was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.


The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:-

Larry Burrows, the legendary war photographer, once said that his job was "to show the interested people and to shock the uninterested." The same words could apply to the man whom we gather to remember today, Horst Fass, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning war photographer who began his front-line career in the Congo and then Algeria, before being sent to Vietnam in 1962. Born in Berlin he learned his trade in a local photo agency, and became one of the world's legendary photo-journalists.

We remember him today as a consummate craftsman, a teacher and mentor, a larger than life figure who has inspired a younger generation of photo-journalists. As we celebrate his life, we commend him to God, trusting that at the end of our brief day is the eternity of God's love.



Clare King, Horst's daughter

Neal Ulevich


Helen Geoduin read My friend Horst by David Halberstam

Gaby Sommer read Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13

Read text...

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

Tad Bartimus read Horst on Horst


The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-

Fugue in D major - Beethoven

Ode to Joy - Beethoven

Ave Maria - Schubert

Amazing Grace - trad. arr. Langston

Lean on Me - Withers

Flash Bang Wallop - Heneker

Adagietto from Symphony No 5 - Mahler


He Who Would Valiant Be

O Praise Ye The Lord



The Guardian - Michael Carlson

Horst Faas in Pictures via AP

Los Angeles Times

New York Times

The Telegraph

Daily Mail - Jamie McGinnes

The Independent - Phil Davison

Washington Post - T. Rees Shapiro

Press Gazette - Dominic Ponsford

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