Carrette, photographer and director, Icon Images
Vadam, Peter Carrett, Eva Rinaldi and Greg Tingle
- Sea Shepherd, Bondi No Compromise! - 19th November
(Credit: Jezmark Photography)
Peter Carrette. Peter, you were an angel among us.
I feel blessed to have known you. Glad we caught up
at the Bondi Beach Sea Shepherd on Friday. It was
strange how we first met at Kerry Packer's funeral
in 2005, at the Sydney Opera House, on a day which
was more a celebration of life, rather than a focus
on his death. When I moved to Bondi Beach in 2008
our friendship blossomed, and you were always an attentive
ear, and a wonderful source of information and humor.
Your Packer and nightlife stories were fantastic and
music to my years. Being able to make modest donations
to your orphanage in Cambodia was and always will
occupy a special place in my heart and memory, as
it will for our dear friend, Eva, who also just loved
your presence, generosity of heart and sprit, and
your photos of course. Eva and I just loved the gifts
we got from you at the beach on the weekend, having
been sent over from your orphanage in Cambodia. Your
Tony Abbott costume you wore to the Sea Shepherd No
Compromise! event on Friday night was a classic, just
as you were. Knowing you enriched my life, and that
of so many of my friends and acquaintances. You were
one of the Australian media's great guys, and I think
you knew that I saw you as a bit of a father figure
or uncle also, even though I never said those words.
You were smart enough to know. The visits to the "best
office in the world' at the pad at Bondi Beach were
also a fun and memorable experience. Your beautify
energy, passion and warmth will always be remembered.
You made me, and others, probably look so much better
than we actually were, thanks to your artistic and
creative gifts. Your colorful shoes will be hard to
fill. Always in my mind, and whenever I walk down
the hill to the beach I will continue to think of
you fondly. You were way too good, in too many ways,
to only be remembered as a great photographer. You
were a wonderful human being. Another legend has been
lost, but will never be forgotten
Greg Tingle, Founder and Director, Media Man
Australian Media and Photographer Legend Dies, by
of Australia's most colorful and successful photographers
Peter Carrette has died of a heart attack this past
Regarded as one of the good guys in the pap and photography
biz, London born Carrette first came to prominence
when he photographed a sick Marianne Faithful in a
drug coma in her hospital bed circa 1969.
had tripped to Australia with musician Mick Jagger
who was to star in a film about Ned Kelly. She had
over-dosed after, it was claimed in the British press,
she had discovered Jagger in bed as it were, with
donned a white doctor's coat and stethoscope and sneaked
into Faithful's room, snapped the photo that was flashed
around the world as one of the first examples of intrusive
photography. Earlier this year when Faithful was in
town for the Sydney Festival, she advised new media
outlet 'The Shuttle' she'd still like to give the
snapper a "quick boot in the backside".
However she later revealed she had forgiven him.
a stint of studying photography in London, Carrette
traveled to Sydney and picked up gig as Sir Frank
Packer's copy boy when the media baron owned Daily
established he worked for various publications photographing
news. He ambushed the US invasion of Grenada by hiring
a smuggler's boat while the world's news media waited
for official transport in downtown Barbados. He also
did well in New York for 6 years and photographed
for leading fashion title Vogue in Paris for 2 years.
few years back here in Sydney he and another pap squirted
the actor Heath Ledger with water pistols at a Sydney
film premiere. The images of a startled and wet Ledger
was flashed around the world. He was ever so briefly
banned by film companies from movie premieres and
the like, but later made peace with Ledger shortly
before he died in New York.
also supported an orphanage in Cambodia by donating
the fees received from his exclusive candid photos
of celebrities often taken around Bondi Beach.
ran his own studio and photo biz from a Bondi Beach
flat, "The greatest office in the world"
he said, where he had lived for the past 20 years.
The flat is owned by his good mate, Jack Thompson.
was well liked in the industry, a keen philanthropist,
and gave a lot back to the industry.
attended the Sea Shepherd Bondi No Compromise! event
at the beach on Friday night at the invitation of
Media Man, who has collaborated closely with Peter
over the past 3 years, usually at Bondi Beach and
often on community based projects.
understood he passed away on Sunday evening from heart
failure while working at his computer.
sent to Greg Tingle and Eva Rinaldi from the orphanage
that Peter Carrette helped support in Cambodia
of the paps
Mediaman was delighted to recommend Peter
Carrette to Channel Seven 'The Morning Show' -
17th February 2008