COLLEAGUES of an award-winning amateur photographer have collected his finest work in a new book.

Peter Upton died last year aged 75 but has not been forgotten by his friends at Oxford Photographic Society.

The group decided to pay the ultimate tribute to the photographer, lecturer and judge, by producing a book of some of his most stunning pictures.

Classic Images contains 140 photographs including stills, portraits and manipulated images. It was compiled by Philip Joyce and club members.

All were taken from slides made by Mr Upton before the advent of digital cameras and computer software.

Images were manipulated using filters and materials including orange peel, tissue paper, glass and sandpaper.

Mr Upton was recognised for his work, including an award from the Federation of International Artistic Photographers.

His work was shown around the world and he spoke at UK camera clubs and judged competitions.

Mr Upton was a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and a member of its national council and the executive committee of its creative photography group.

His widow, Jeannette Upton, of Longfields, Bicester, said: “At his funeral there was a group of people from the camera club who said it would be nice to make a book.

“I was just so grateful and very impressed because it was such a nice thing to do.

“I think Pete was influenced by the impressionist painters. Photography was his hobby, not his job.”

To order a copy of the book, which costs £28, call Mrs Upton on 01869 242491.