Markham Lane, top creative artist and LGBTQ supporter, has died


Markham Lane, one of Sydney’s finest creative artists, has passed away. His death was announced yesterday via social media, with various family organizations expressing their sorrow and condolences.

Markham Images, the portfolio of Lane’s creative work, showcases his amazing and creative work. From 2013 to 2020 he was the creative producer for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Lane’s work has also been recognized through various photographic awards and publications, with his work primarily being found within the LGBTQ+ community. He has also been the creative director for various local businesses, events and marketing campaigns.

Lane founded the arts program Colors of Our Community in 2006. The program later produced a book and an exhibition in 2017 and later won the 2021 Ron Austin Award for Most Fabulous Parade Entry for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

Australian singer Greg Gould talks about Friend

The Star Observer spoke to Australian singer Greg Gould, who expressed his shock and sadness at the death of his friend. Gould praised Lane’s ability to touch the lives of others in special and meaningful ways.

“I am completely shocked to learn of the passing of my wonderful friend Markham Lane. Not only was Markham a dear friend, he was a brilliant photographer who shot my underwater photo for my Don’t Let Go album cover. I loved him very much,” Gould said the stargazer.

“He was a glorious, extraordinarily alive human being, full of love, light, laughter and hope. Markham loved his community and worked hard through his job as a photographer to shed a bright light on the best part of our rainbow family. I remember when we were at the midnight shift reopening and he was showing on the wall what photos he had contributed – he was so proud.

Gay and lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney express their sadness

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras co-chairs Mel Schwerdt and Jesse Matheson expressed their condolences on Facebook.

“It is with a heavy heart that the community mourns the passing of Markham Lane, one of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras photographers. Over the years, Markham has captured moments of joy, happiness, pride and celebration at the festival – moments that will live on forever as his legacy,” the post reads.

“Markham has been a wonderful friend to us and to so many in our community. His Ron Austin Award for Best Float, winning our community’s colors, was always a prominent element of the parade, filled with color, pride and a passion that touched us all. Thank you Markham for putting a smile on our faces and making our world a better place.”

Gay bar will miss her boyfriend

Universal, a gay bar in Sydney, also shared their condolences on social media, expressing their sadness on hearing of the loss of “one of Sydney’s finest creative minds and our friend”.

“Markham has been a longtime supporter of Midnight Shift/Universal for many years and is one of the artists who curated our fabulous photo wall.”

Funeral announcements will be made by Lane’s family along with obituaries, funerals and life celebrations in due course.


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