Elinchrom owner Malcolm Whittle dies (1929–2013)

The owner of Swiss lighting manufacturer Elinchrom has died, colleagues have announced.

Malcolm Whittle

Malcolm D. Whittle, owner of Swiss lighting manufacturer Elinchrom, has died, colleagues have announced.

Malcolm Whittle

Staff from The Flash Centre, Elinchrom’s UK distributor, paid tribute.

“It is with sadness that we must tell you that Malcolm Whittle, the owner of Elinchrom, passed away in his sleep on the 30th December,” they said.

“Malcolm was Father, Grandfather and Friend to many of us here at TFC and his energy, enthusiasm and tales from the industry will be sorely missed. Malcolm is survived by 5 children, 7 grand children and 6 great-grandchildren.

“Elinchrom continues to be family owned, building on Malcolm’s legacy of industry leading innovation, quality and value.”

Born in 1929, Malcolm D. Whittle began his career in the photographic industry in post-war England, trading in second-hand cameras. He grew this into a large photographic supplier with many stores — eventually becoming the world’s largest distributor of Elinchrom products.

He took over Elinchrom after the Swiss founder, Gerry Demieville, died in 1985. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012 as a “world brand and trendsetter in lighting technologies”, popular among professionals and enthusiasts alike.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.