It is with great sadness that we report the death of the founder of Scope Features Dennis Cooper at the age of 83.
Those who knew and respected Dennis will remember him as the consummate professional combining a great eye for pictures with a sharp business sense underpinned by great loyalty to his staff, family and friends. Add a glorious sense of humour and you have a unique individual.
For those of you who didn’t know him, well, you’ve missed one of the great characters of Fleet Street.
Den launched Scope Features in the 70s, with his then partner Geoffrey Key, after learning his art with Rex Features.
It was a different world then: black and white prints and 35mm colour transparencies; bikes to national newspapers with exclusive pictures and stories; lengthy discussions at various watering holes over prices and future projects; and heated telephone calls from picture editors wanting to know why they hadn’t been given THE exclusive.
As Den said: ” It’s a great business to be in – and we do enjoy ourselves.”
To Dennis’ family we extended our deepest condolences.