Stunning images of 1970s icons by former Sun photographer as he dies aged 80

STUNNING images of 1970s icons have resurfaced as the former Sun photographer who took them has died aged 80.

Tony Prime captured celebs including Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and David Bowie in their prime.

Tony Prime, a former photographer for The Sun, died aged 80,

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Paul McCartney & wife Linda, of the band Wings, being interviewed[/caption]

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Michael Jackson dressed as his idol Charlie Chaplin in London[/caption]

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David Bowie relaxes between performances on the last episode of his tv show ‘Marc’ in 1977[/caption]

One photo shows Paul McCartney and his wife Linda, taking part in an interview for his rock band, the Wings.

Paul is captured speaking intently to the journalist, gesturing with his hands, while his wife gazes at him.

Another snap shows Michael Jackson dressed as his idol Charlie Chaplin in 1979.

Mr Prime took the singer to a local shop to buy the outfit for the renowned photo shoot.

Mr Prime, from Camberwell, photographed British royalty including Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth.

But he also snapped the prime minister at the time, Margaret Thatcher.

He did not specialise in topics, covering incidents like the Nuneaton rail crash in 1975 and also the Spring Budget.

The photographer got his big break after he left school at the age of 15.

Mr Prime briefly went to Brixton’s School of Building before deciding to get behind the camera.

He learned the ropes at the photographic agency, Sport and General, before embarking on his colourful career.

Tony first worked with the Observer, before moving to the Daily Mail.

But from 1969, he worked with the Sun and the Observer, before freelancing at the Daily Telegraph.

On his 10th anniversary with The Sun, he got together with his partner Hilary Holden.

He is survived by his three children, from his marriage, Vincent and Melanie, from his marriage to Frances Payne.

Tony also has three grandchildren, Samuel, Arnie, Emily and Charlotte.

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Actor Sylvester Stallone, poses with his fists, in London[/caption]

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Princess Diana leaves Buckingham Palace in a carriage on her way to the State Opening of Parliament[/caption]

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles walk behind the Queen and Prince Philip at the State Opening of Parliament[/caption]

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The Nuneaton rail crash in 1975[/caption]

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Children having a street party to commemorate the Queen’s birthday and the Silver Jubilee[/caption]

The reggae star Bob Marley carrying a fan at a Paris nightclub
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Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night Special With Juliet Prowse
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