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Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book

Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Sad News--Roger Hicks
Old 04-02-2019   #1
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Sad News--Roger Hicks

I reached out to Roger Hicks because he had kind of disappeared over the last few months, and I'm sad to say that he told me that he has advanced cancer and a few weeks to perhaps only a few days to live. This was sad news for me as I have learned a great deal from the writings of Roger and his wife, Frances, over the decades in the form of the their books, articles, and web presence, and we have been communicating by email occasionally for awhile. Besides being a loss to Frances and his friends and family, this will be the loss of a lifelong advocate for film photography.

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Old 04-02-2019   #2
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I've enjoyed his writings both here and on his and Francis' website. I, for one, will miss his presence enormously.
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Old 04-02-2019   #3
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Stevierose,


Thank you for posting this.



It is very sad news.



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Old 04-02-2019   #4
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That is such terrible news. I had a private conversation with him in November answering my photographic questions. I always thought of him as a pillar in this community. His contributions will be terribly missed. This makes me feel really sad.
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Old 04-02-2019   #5
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Shocking news. My heart goes out to Frances. I hope you are as comfortable as is possible Roger.

I've read all of your books and enjoyed greatly your wise presence on the web. Your open-minded approach to life and photography is an inspiration.
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Old 04-02-2019   #6
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Yes, I appreciate the post too. Very sad indeed.

Thoughts and prayers to Roger, his kin, and close friends.
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Old 04-02-2019   #7
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This is very sad news. I have enjoyed his posts on RFF and feel as I have learned from him. My thoughts and prayers go out to Rodger and his family. - jim
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Old 04-02-2019   #8
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Very sad news indeed.

The camera world won't be the same without him.

Godspeed.

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Old 04-02-2019   #9
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This is a very sad news. I've admired him for years.
My prayers goes to him and his family.
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Old 04-02-2019   #10
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So sad. Not the kind of news you want to hear. My thoughts to Roger and his family.

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Old 04-02-2019   #11
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It is very sad news, thank you for posting this stevierose.

Thank you so much Roger for the countless years of knowledge and inspiration.

I have learned so much from you.

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I'm sorry. I can't think of anything else to say.

With best regards and best wishes to Roger and Frances,

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Old 04-02-2019   #13
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Sad news, indeed. However, it is comforting to know that Roger seems to have lived a very good life, doing what he loved with his wife, Frances.
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Old 04-02-2019   #14
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In case you're reading this, Roger...

Thank you VERY much for your personal, sincere and honest approach to photography, and mentoring on photography. Though I wasn't able to read all your books, I enjoyed the ones I managed to find, and I was very truly happy that you came to post so often here at RFF. Be sure that you have always been appreciated, truly respected and admired for your lifelong work and your generosity to others. Again, thank you very much, Roger.
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Thanks for posting. I always enjoyed Roger's suffer no fools approach and learned a lot from his books, website, and his occasionally cantankerous replies right here. A life well lived! Cheers to that!
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OMG, I am so sorry. I love Roger, not only for the knowledge he so generously shared with us here on the forum, but also for his wit, which will be so missed.

Sending positive energy your way Roger.

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Old 04-02-2019   #17
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Fair winds Roger, we'll remember you for a long time.
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I very much enjoyed his book "A History of the 35mm Still Camera". This was the beginning of my interest in the technical development of cameras.

Thank you so much, Roger.

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Old 04-02-2019   #19
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Thanks op for letting us know. Like others, am sad to learn about this. Hope he is not in great pains
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Old 04-02-2019   #20
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Always sad to hear this kind of news. I poke my head in here now and then, enough to know that Roger is one of the greats here. My thoughts are with him and his family.
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Old 04-02-2019   #21
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Hail and farewell, Roger and many thanks for your contributions.
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Old 04-02-2019   #22
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Yesterday I received my second issue of the new film photography magazine, PhotoKlassik International, and was very pleased to see that Roger had written an article for it. It is a beautifully and thoughtfully produced magazine. So I reached out to him about that and about other health challenges Roger and Frances had been having and he let me know this sad news, thanked me for my support and friendship, and signed off "Cheers". I learned so much from them, and he has been incredibly generous in his advice since I started developing film again last year. A very sad day indeed.

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Old 04-02-2019   #23
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Sad to hear this. I always looked forward to reading his stimulating contributions to this forum.
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Roger is person above the crowd, but he is open for regular people like me.
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Roger has shared so much with this community. He will be greatly missed.

Both thoughts and prayers for Roger and Frances.
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Such sad news. Roger has certainly been an inspiration, with his freely given knowledge, and very solid opinions. I hope his remaining days are peaceful, and that he knows he will be terribly missed by many. And, my best wishes for Frances.
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Sad news, indeed.


I started reading Roger and Frances in Shutterbug magazine. I was thrilled to find Roger here and to become of aware of his and Frances's website. They have shared a lot of hard-earned knowledge with others interested in photography.


I wish Roger a smooth transition and I send my condolences to Frances.


I will miss you, Roger.


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Yes it is always sad to hear such news. He will definitely be missed for many good reasons not just here on RFF.
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Sorry to here this. i also have enjoyed his posts and website.
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Very sad news. Always enjoy reading his thoughts and insights.
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Very sorry to hear this. I've always enjoyed Roger's posts. I will miss him. I had hoped to meet him one day.
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Hang in there Roger.
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Sad news, indeed. However, it is comforting to know that Roger seems to have lived a very good life, doing what he loved with his wife, Frances.
Indeed, Roger has lived a life worth living.

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I appreciate Roger and all of the contributions he, along with Frances, has made to our community.
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Terrible news. What a wealth of knowledge he has shared with everyone here. I’ve learned so much from his writing. I hope he stays as comfortable as possible. My heart goes out to his family.
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Thoughts and prayers for Roger and Frances. Sad news.

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Sad.

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He will be remembered by many people by virtue of his art and expertise. I have many of his and Frances’ articles that I clipped from Shutterbug magazine so many years ago, and refer to still. Roger, thank you for all that you gave to so many of us.
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What awful news. I'd been concerned for a few weeks and had written Roger. Feared Frances's health had declined but now this. I hope he's not suffering excessively.
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A relative newcomer to photography, I discovered Roger and his and Frances' work through this forum. In my opinion, he is one of the jewels of this forum. I wish him peaceful days ahead.
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