Life is fragile. We have recently learned how painfully true this saying is: Ralph Hyde is gone. It is still hard to believe it, but Ralph passed away in London on June 2, 2015. The worlds of panoramaniacs and early visual culture researchers and collectors have lost one of their most loved, outstanding and enthusiastic masters. Ralph left us suddenly, in full command of his enormous knowledge and very special skills, and head full of projects to come. There is no-one to take his place; personalities like him do not appear any longer. What we have are many precious memories, and of course Ralph’s published works, which will shine a bright light to the distant future.