Ad photographer and director Stak passes away

LONDON - Stak, the advertising photographer turned commercials director who was involved in some of the UK's most famous campaigns in the late 70s and early 80s, has died aged 64.

Stak...passed away
Stak...passed away

He passed away at his home in Italy where he had lived since 1993, beginning a new life as a winemaker, but he had been in declining health for some time.

Born in Cyprus, Stak came to England with his family at the age of six and studied at the London College of Printing where one of his fellow students was Sir John Hegarty.

His work included the "shaken not stirred" print ad for BMW which was created by WCRS and named by Campaign as one of the best British ads of the century.

He also worked with Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Collett Dickenson Pearce for which he directed the award-winning "front combing" commercial for Hamlet cigars.

Robin Wight, one of the WCRS founders, said: "Stak was a brilliant photographer capable of solving technical problems long before Photoshop existed."

His funeral takes place this Friday, 28 August, at 2pm at The Holy Cross and St Michael’s Cathedral, Golders Green Road, London NW11 8HL.