Jerry Finley, a photographer, videographer and musician who served as International Ballet’s primary photographer, died Oct. 10 after battling COVID-19, International Ballet announced Oct. 14.
Finley worked with a variety of other Upstate businesses and individuals, such as the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Carolina Ballet Theatre and Ballet Spartanburg.
Finley also collaborated with choreographer Tom Shoemaker and producer Sarah Shoemaker on a ballet film project entitled, “Just Let Go,” which is about loss.
“When we started the project earlier this year, it was because we wanted to comfort the many people who are grieving,” said Sarah Shoemaker. “I simply cannot believe we are now grieving Jerry. He was one of the most gifted photographers I have ever known. He had a heart of gold and was one in a million.”
Finley is survived by his wife, Tracy and his children Chloe, Julian and Atty.
A memorial service will be held on Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Spinning Jenny at 107 Cannon St. in Greer.