Obituaries

Photojournalist David Douglas Duncan Dies at 102

Legendary American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan has died. One of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, Duncan was best known for his combat photographs captured during World War II and the Korean War.

David Douglas Duncan, 102, Who Photographed the Reality of War, Dies – The New York Times

Under the helmets, the faces are young and tormented, stubbled and dirty, taut with the strain of battle. They sob over dead friends. They stare exhausted into the fog and rain. They crouch in a muddy foxhole. This goddamn cigarette could be the last.

There are no heroes in David Douglas Duncan’s images of war.

Abbas: Magnum photographer who chronicled religions, wars and the Iranian revolution | The Independent

Dismissed in his country of birth, Iran, as a Bahai with an anti-Islam agenda, the photojournalist was an observer of what people across religions do in the name of God

Sam Nzima, Photographer Behind Iconic Apartheid Image, Dies at 83

South African photographer Sam Nzima has died. He’s best known for shooting an iconic photo of the apartheid, a photo of Hector Pieterson being carried after being shot by South African police during the Soweto uprising. Nzima was 83.

Sam Nzima, Who Took Iconic Apartheid Photo, Dies at 83 | PDNPulse

South African photographer Sam Nzima, whose iconic photograph (right) from a Soweto uprising in 1976 helped turn world opinion against apartheid, died Saturday in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, according to press reports. He was 83.

I Could Have Been One of the Journalists Killed in Kabul – The New York Times

On April 30, I read the first tweets about the initial bombing in downtown Kabul as I was going to bed. In Ottawa, the place I have called home for the past four years, news of an attack in Afghanistan always triggers a flurry of text messages to my mother. She assured me that everyone in my family was fine. I woke up an hour later to her texting me about a second blast. A suicide bomber, carrying a camera to blend in, had detonated explosives that killed 25 people, including nine journalists. She wanted to know if I knew any of them. I did.

‘No More Hope’: The Work of a Photojournalist Killed in Kabul – The New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — Through the dark days of the 1990s civil war and the Taliban’s oppressive rule, the Afghan photographer Shah Marai never left his country. As the bloodshed continued after the 2001 American-led invasion, he repeatedly expressed a feeling shared by so many Afghans caught in the devastating cycle: “There is no more hope.”

AFP Chief Photographer Killed in Kabul Suicide Blast Targeting Journalists

Marai and the other journalists had been rushing to the scene to cover an initial suicide bombing in the Afghan capital when the second suicide bomber struck 15 minutes after the first blast.

Remembering Photojournalist Shah Marai – The Atlantic

Shah Marai, chief photographer for Agence France-Presse in Kabul, was killed today in Afghanistan, one of at least 25 victims of twin suicide bombings in downtown Kabul. The second bombing targeted journalists who had come to cover the initial attack, killing nine of them, including Marai. He began covering events in Afghanistan for AFP in 1998, first as a stringer, later a staff photographer, working his way up to chief photographer. In those 20 years, AFP distributed more than 18,000 of his photos, documenting the horrors of war, but also everyday life—including the struggles of ordinary Afghans and the beauty of the landscape. He had an incredible ability to capture the humanity in almost any situation. A collection of his photos is gathered below. Shah Marai leaves behind a family, including six children. I also invite you to read “When Hope Is Gone,” written by Marai in 2016 about Afghanistan after the U.S. pulled out, and about his own role in covering the events of the previous decades.

Obituary: Photographer Nitin Vadukul, 52 | PDNPulse

Photographer Nitin Vadukul, who created surreal and eerie images for commercial, editorial and music clients, died February 17 in New York City, according to The New York Times. His brother, photographer Max Vadukul, told The Times the cause of death was colorectal cancer.

Diane Arbus Gets NY Times Obituary 46 Years After Her Death

Diane Arbus was honored with an obituary by the New York Times today, 46 years after the renowned American portrait photographer died. It was one of 15 obituaries published today as part of a project titled Overlooked.

Max Desfor, 104, War Photographer at Midcentury, Is Dead – The New York Times

“We came across this incredible sight,” Mr. Desfor said in 1997 for an A.P. oral history. “All of these people who are literally crawling through these broken-down girders of the bridge. They were in and out of it, on top, underneath, and just barely escaping the freezing water.”

LIFE Photo Editor Barbara ‘Bobbi’ Baker Burrows Remembered | Time

Photojournalists become celebrities by creating images that shape the way we see the world. Photo editors, away from the limelight, shape the way those images are presented. And Barbara Baker Burrows, who died of corticobasal degeneration, a rare brain disease, on Jan. 10 at 73, chose the pictures that told some of the century’s biggest stories.

Farewell Bobbi Baker Burrows, death of a mythical Picture Editor – The Eye of Photography

“Bobbi,” a veteran of LIFE since the 1960s, was a rare breed: the den mother of the great LIFE photographers (from the magazine’s weekly and monthly incarnations), a curator, a book editor, a photo historian, and the daughter-in-law of the legendary war photographer Larry Burrows, who died in Laos in 1971 covering the conflict in Southeast Asia for LIFE.

Obituary: Daniele Tamagni, 43, Photographer of International Fashion and Style | PDNPulse

Photographer Daniele Tamagni, best known for documenting the fashionable dandies of the Congo, died December 23 in Milan, according to Corriere della Sera. He was 43, and had been ill for four years, the paper reports. His award-winning work had appeared in The Guardian Weekend, The Sunday Times of London, Rolling Stone, Corriere della Sere, Vogue and other publications.

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