LAST Friday was a sad day for Champion photographer Luke Fuda.
It was the final day of an 11-year stint shooting for Fairfax Community Newspapers.
Throughout his career with the group, Mr Fuda has been based in western Sydney.
He said he had seen much change over the years.
"Every photo you take is capturing history." Mr Fuda said.
"I have loved working for newspapers — just being able to meet so many amazing people in the local community and to have an impact on their lives . . . whether it be good or bad. Either way you are creating something for them that will last forever."
Mr Fuda said that he had been inspired by the communities in which he worked.
"I don't think many people realise what they have in their local community and the importance of community spirit," he said.
"That is the biggest thing I will take away from this job: just how amazing communities are."
Mr Fuda started working with Fairfax Media in late 2002, when a friend suggested he try a day of work experience at the paper.
"I went to school with two photographers who still work here — Chris Lane and Jonathan Ng. If it was not for them I wouldn't have been able to follow this career," he said. "I met my wife while working at the paper too. I am very very thankful for what the paper has done for my life."
Mr Fuda said one of the most important things about taking a photo was its composition.
"An image needs to speak to people and to tell a story," he said.
"If it can tell a story then any job is done — you don't even need the words.
"The one picture of which I am most proud is an image of when Mark Latham quit.
"I beat him home and got the only national photo of him shutting his front gates. He was sort of metaphorically closing the gate of his career.
"It was my first picture to run nationally on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald."