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Jerry Laizure, 1953-2012

by Nate Billings Modified: April 18, 2013 at 11:59 am •  Published: December 12, 2012
Photographer, assistant and overall technical wizard Jerry Laizure poses for a photo at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Friday, August 17, 2007. This photo was made with a Sinar Norma 4x5 view camera on Polaroid Type 55 film. By Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Photographer, assistant and overall technical wizard Jerry Laizure poses for a photo at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Friday, August 17, 2007. This photo was made with a Sinar Norma 4x5 view camera on Polaroid Type 55 film. By Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

 

Last week we lost  Jerry Laizure. He was a legend in the Oklahoma photo community and one of the best people you could have ever met.

Always helpful and witty, Jerry made every assignment easier and a lot of fun.

Once you were part of Jerry’s club (and just about everybody was), he would do anything to help you, even at the expense of doing his own job. For many out-of-town photographers who had shoots in Norman, Jerry was their first call for information or assistance.

Jerry’s signature look was the Hawaiian shirt. And many of the hundreds of people who attended his memorial service last Saturday wore a Hawaiian shirt in his honor. Some of the photographers there gathered briefly for the photo below.

 

 

Jerry Laizure poses for a test shot on July 20, 2006 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Jerry Laizure poses for a test shot on July 20, 2006 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

Jerry Laizure at OU vs. Texas Tech football in Lubbock, Texas, October 6, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Jerry Laizure at OU vs. Texas Tech football in Lubbock, Texas, October 6, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

 

I, and the rest of our department, are very sad to have lost him. We miss Jerry already.

 

-Nate Billings

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by Nate Billings
Photographer
Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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