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Former Daily Mail photographer Clive Limpkin dies aged 82

Former Daily Mail photographer Clive Limpkin – best-known for his pictures of The Troubles in Northern Ireland – has died at the age of 82.

Mr Limpkin worked at the Mail for 20 years, having previously worked at the Daily Express and the now-defunct Daily Sketch.

His photographs from Northern Ireland became some of the defining images of the violence, including his most celebrated picture of a boy wearing a Second World War gas mask and clutching a primed petrol bomb.

Mr Limpkin was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year and died on Wednesday. He leaves a widow, Alex, and their adult children Zissou and Chloe.

Former Daily Mail photographer Clive Limpkin (pictured) – best-known for his pictures of The Troubles in Northern Ireland – has died at the age of 82

His photographs from Northern Ireland became some of the defining images of the violence, including his most celebrated picture of a boy wearing a Second World War gas mask and clutching a primed petrol bomb (pictured)

His photographs from Northern Ireland became some of the defining images of the violence, including his most celebrated picture of a boy wearing a Second World War gas mask and clutching a primed petrol bomb (pictured)

He was sent to Northern Ireland by the Sketch in 1969 amid rising tensions over an Apprentice Boys parade in Londonderry.

Violent clashes there between nationalist residents and the Royal Ulster Constabulary became known as the Battle of Bogside, and were among the first major confrontations in The Troubles.

Mr Limpkin’s photographs were used in many national newspapers and were later exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, and in the National Portrait Gallery.

He was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 1972, when he was praised for ‘superlative photography requiring exceptional courage and enterprise abroad’.

Pictured: the Battle of Bogside riots in 1969

Pictured: Royal Ulster Constabulary pass a burning Bogside shop during the 1969 riots

Mr Limpkin’s photographs of the Battle of the Bogside riots in 1969 (pictured) were used in many national newspapers throughout the conflict

Pictured: The Royal Ulster Constabulary are stoned by a crowd in William Street, Londonderry during the riots, as photographed by Mr Limpkin

Pictured: The Royal Ulster Constabulary are stoned by a crowd in William Street, Londonderry during the riots, as photographed by Mr Limpkin

Photographs by Mr Limpkin of the Battle of the Bogside (pictured) captured in intricate detail rising tensions following an Apprentice Boys parade in Londonderry

Photographs by Mr Limpkin of the Battle of the Bogside (pictured) captured in intricate detail rising tensions following an Apprentice Boys parade in Londonderry

Pictured: An Angola Army parade near Luanda. The People's Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola was originally the armed wing of the Angolan MPLA movement, but later became the country's official armed forces when the MPLA took control of the government

Pictured: An Angola Army parade near Luanda. The People’s Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola was originally the armed wing of the Angolan MPLA movement, but later became the country’s official armed forces when the MPLA took control of the government

In another image taken by photographer Clive Limpkin, an Angola Army Soldier holds a Bazooka during the parade near Luanda

In another image taken by photographer Clive Limpkin, an Angola Army Soldier holds a Bazooka during the parade near Luanda

Mr Limpkin also photographed Prince Charles as he spoke on the bridge of the HMS Bronington, a ton-class minesweeper of the Royal Navy, at Tower Pier in November 1976

Mr Limpkin also photographed Prince Charles as he spoke on the bridge of the HMS Bronington, a ton-class minesweeper of the Royal Navy, at Tower Pier in November 1976

The photographer captured images of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince William and Prince Harry during VJ Day celebrations in 1995

The photographer captured images of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince William and Prince Harry during VJ Day celebrations in 1995

Pictured: The Duchess of York saw off entrants in a car rally to Monte Carlo at London's Chelsea Harbour Marina

Pictured: Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York at her daughter Princess Beatrice's school, Upton House, with Princess Eugenie in her arms

Throughout his career, Mr Limpkin photographed the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson as she carried Princess Eugenie (right) and saw off entrants to a car rally to Monte Carlo at London’s Chelsea Harbour Marina (left)

Pictured: Diana, Princess of Wales with Princess Anne, the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and the Queen Mother during a Remembrance Day service in 1986

Pictured: Diana, Princess of Wales with Princess Anne, the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and the Queen Mother during a Remembrance Day service in 1986

The Queen and Prince Andrew, Duke of York arrive at the VJ Day 50th anniversary celebrations in an open-topped car in 1995 in another image the photographer

The Queen and Prince Andrew, Duke of York arrive at the VJ Day 50th anniversary celebrations in an open-topped car in 1995 in another image the photographer

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave in their car after the 50th anniversary of VJ Day in 1995 in a photograph by Mr Limpkin

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave in their car after the 50th anniversary of VJ Day in 1995 in a photograph by Mr Limpkin

Mr Limpkin also captures images of Kenneth Baker, then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Douglas Hurd in the House of Commons for the State Opening of Parliament in 1989

Mr Limpkin also captures images of Kenneth Baker, then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Douglas Hurd in the House of Commons for the State Opening of Parliament in 1989

Then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher laughs as she leaves King Edward Hospital with her arm in a sling in a 1986 photograph by Mr Limpkin

Then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher laughs as she leaves King Edward Hospital with her arm in a sling in a 1986 photograph by Mr Limpkin

Former Labour MP for Tottenham Bernie Grant and Scottish politician Nicholas Fairbairn enter the House of Commons in London for the State Opening of Parliament in 1989 in an image by the late photographer

Former Labour MP for Tottenham Bernie Grant and Scottish politician Nicholas Fairbairn enter the House of Commons in London for the State Opening of Parliament in 1989 in an image by the late photographer

His photographs were also published by Penguin in a book, The Battle of Bogside, which was republished by the Guildhall Press last year for the 50th anniversary.

In an interview he told how he went through 14 rolls of film in just an hour as the violence broke out, before buying a chemist’s entire stock of camera film to continue working.

Speaking about his best-known photograph, of the boy in the gas mask, he said: ‘I never got a better picture.’

Photographers have paid tribute to Mr Limpkin. Acclaimed war photographer Tom Stoddart praised him as ‘a really wonderful Fleet Street photographer and complete gentleman’.

His professional portfolio also included images of Hayley Spicer and Natalie Johnson as they posed in and around a sports car during a Barbie doll lookalikes competition

His professional portfolio also included images of Hayley Spicer and Natalie Johnson as they posed in and around a sports car during a Barbie doll lookalikes competition

Pictured: A model poses for the Littlewoods' Autumn/Winter collection

Pictured: Michele models Ted Baker shirt at Harrods in an image by Mr Limpkin

The photographer also delved into fashion photography, shooting women modelling for Littlewoods’ Autumn/Winter collection (left) and Ted Baker outside Harrods (right)

Mr Limpkin also photographed the Tiller Girls dance troupe. The Tiller Girls were first formed by John Tiller in Manchester, England, in 1889. Variations of the group continued to perform throughout the the years until their final show in 2011

Mr Limpkin also photographed the Tiller Girls dance troupe. The Tiller Girls were first formed by John Tiller in Manchester, England, in 1889. Variations of the group continued to perform throughout the the years until their final show in 2011

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