Eamonn McCabe

Biography of Eamonn McCabe


  • Started off photographing for local papers before freelancing for The Guardian and other national titles.
  • Joined The Observer in 1976 and won Sports Photographer of The Year a record four times, covering three Olympics.
  • In 1985 was named News Photographer of The Year for his work at The Heysel Stadium disaster.
  • 1988 Fellow in Photography at the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television.
  • 1988 joined The Guardian as Picture Editor, winning Picture Editor of the year a record six times.
  • 2001 returned to freelancing, photographing mainly people in the arts for The Guardian but also other newspapers and magazines.


Has produced several books on photography:


  • Eamonn McCabe Photographer.
  • Eamonn McCabe  Sports Photographer.
  • DECADE  published by Phaidon 2010.
  • Artists and Their Studios published by Angela Patchell Books.
  • The Making of Great Photographs published by David and Charles.
  • The Pope’s Visit to Great Britain 1982 (Official photographer)




  • Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society.
  • Fellow at The National Museum of Film, Photography and T.V.
  • Hon. Prof at Thames Valley University.
  • Hon. Doctorate University of East Anglia.
  • Hon. Doctorate Staffordshire University.


Appears regularly on radio and T.V. talking about photography and has exhibited widely in Britain and has several pieces of work in The National Portrait Gallery collection, London.




Tragically Eamonn McCabe died suddenly and unexpectedly at home in Suffolk on 2nd October 2022.  

We are in the process of reviewing his website. In the meantime, if you would like to contact his family about any aspect of his life or work or send condolences, please e-mail his wife Rebecca on [email protected]




Eamonn was generous with his time and advice throughout his life. In recognition of his contribution to photography and photojournalism a memorial fund has been created to support young photographers starting their careers.

Donations are welcome to the Eamonn McCabe Trust as follows:  Cheques made payable to ‘Fairweather Law’ with ‘MC01314’ on reverse to Fairweather Law, 16 Wentworth Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BB

By BACS: 20-98-07 00356719 reference MC01314 and your name.

Thank you.