Since the early 1980s a group of industry executives have met for occasional lunches in Sydney. In recent years it became known as the Les Brener lunch, in honour of its founder, former executive director of PMA Australia, Les Brener, who died earlier this year. The group met on November 22 for their end-of-year meeting.
The group continues to meet three times a year at the Peacock Gardens Restaurant on the North Shore of Sydney. The restaurant itself is celebrating 40 years this November.
Some traditions and friendships in the photo industry go back more than five decades. Long may it continue! And here’s cheers to the late Les Brener, who was the ‘glue’ for so many of these people’s friendships over many of their careers.
Happily I can report a chance meeting with Jessica Brener right after returning from the lunch, and was able to convey the good wishes of all those gathered. Jessica is staying active with adult children and many grandchildren to keep her busy and involved.
– John Swainston