Ingo Prosser obituary

Publié le par The Guradian - Bob Prabhu

The Guardianpublished 10/04/2012 at 16:07 BST by Bob Prabhu

My friend Ingo Prosser, one of BBC's finest television news cameramen, with a keen eye for pictures and sound, has died aged 61. He was appointed in 1982 to a staff job at BBC TV News in London, and from there was deployed to many assignments over 30 years at home and abroad, working with household names such as Kate Adie and John Simpson. He filmed the Bosnian war and the fall of the Berlin Wall and he will be best remembered for his work in Tiananmen Square in Beijing during the student revolt against the Chinese government.

Ingo Prosser
On the night of 3 June 1989, armed only with his BBC camera, he captured the shots of the Chinese tank hurtling towards fleeing students until it became stuck on a barricade. The mob then set upon the tank crew. His dramatic pictures were used in BBC news bulletins and on Panorama; and then went around the world.

Born in Lüdenscheid, Germany, where his father was stationed with the British army, Ingo studied photography at Ealing technical college in west London before starting freelance work, and his first break in television was with Ulster TV. He joined BBC Northern Ireland as a freelance during the massive political upheavals in the late 70s before joining BBC TV News in London.

Ingo is remembered by colleagues for an incident at TV Centre, when he stepped in to restrain a member of the public who had started to throw furniture at a glass wall separating the public viewing area and the TV newsroom. Ingo, aided by another colleague, held the culprit until he could be removed. He was always 100% loyal to the BBC.

Ingo was an amicable colleague: an active, enthusiastic and colourful character, with a wicked, dry sense of humour. He was much admired for his kindness and professionalism. His retirement party was held at TV Centre last month, attended by many friends. A few days later, he died after falling from a bridge in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. He had health issues, and had been diagnosed with Parkinson's; it seems he could not come to terms with it.

Ingo is survived by his wife, Fionnuala, and two sons, Mark and Donal.

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