David with his daughter Maia (then aged 3) in Tokyo.

David Coll Blanco, the Catalan photographer who was an FCCJ Member from 2005 to 2007 died on Sept. 6 in his native Barcelona at age 39 after a year long battle with bronchial cancer. He leaves behind his wife Miwako Uno and daughter Maia, age 5.

Although an FCCJ Member for only a short time, during 10 years in Japan David made many lasting friendships in the Club, and among Tokyo’s international community of press and artistic photographers. He worked extensively with the Tokyo bureaus of European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) and EFE, the Spanish news agency, and freelanced widely. Many FCCJ journalists will fondly recall David’s cheerful presence on assignment.

With the kind assistance of Bruce Osborne and the Exhibition Committee, plans are in progress for an exhibition of David’s life’s work in the Main Bar. One idea is to make the works available for sale, with the proceeds going to young Maia.

— John R. Harris