Category: Obituaries

  • Remembering Bruce McCall, Satirist and Compleat Canadian | The New Yorker

    Remembering Bruce McCall, Satirist and Compleat Canadian | The New Yorker

    Remembering Bruce McCall, Satirist and Compleat Canadian For McCall, the business of getting it down right was a form of self-salvation. via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2023/05/15/remembering-bruce-mccall-satirist-and-compleat-canadian Not having Bruce here to shock and appall (and, secretly, to delight) with such praise is part of the grief of losing him. All we can do is continue…

  • Bruce McCall’s “Safe Travels” | The New Yorker

    Bruce McCall’s “Safe Travels” | The New Yorker

    Bruce McCall’s “Safe Travels” McCall’s friends and colleagues reflect on the late artist’s zeal for life. via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cover-story/cover-story-2023-05-15 Bruce McCall, the artist behind the cover for the May 15, 2023, issue, died on May 5th, at the age of eighty-seven. McCall, who insisted upon chewing his beloved Groucho Marx cigars long after…

  • Remembering the Life and Work of Kwame Brathwaite

    Remembering the Life and Work of Kwame Brathwaite

    Remembering the Life and Work of Kwame Brathwaite Ekow Eshun, Tanisha C. Ford, Tyler Mitchell, and Antwaun Sargent on the visionary photographer whose images and activism helped popularize the slogan “Black Is Beautiful.” via Aperture: https://aperture.org/editorial/remembering-the-life-and-work-of-kwame-brathwaite/ Ekow Eshun, Tanisha C. Ford, Tyler Mitchell, and Antwaun Sargent on the visionary photographer whose images and activism helped…

  • Julian Wasser, the ‘Photographer Laureate’ of L.A., Dies at 89 – The New York Times

    Julian Wasser, the ‘Photographer Laureate’ of L.A., Dies at 89 – The New York Times

    Julian Wasser, the ‘Photographer Laureate’ of L.A., Dies at 89 In the 1960s and ’70s, he created indelible images of the city’s combustible mix of art, rock ’n’ roll, new Hollywood and social ferment. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/14/arts/julian-wasser-dead.html Julian Wasser, the artful and rakish photojournalist who chronicled the celebrity culture of Los Angeles that began percolating in…

  • Obituary: Former Spec photographer Paul Hourigan was ‘an old-school photojournalist’ | TheSpec.com

    Obituary: Former Spec photographer Paul Hourigan was ‘an old-school photojournalist’ Known for getting that special shot at news events like fires and crashes via thespec.com: https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2023/02/06/obituary-former-spec-photographer-paul-hourigan-was-an-old-school-photojournalist.html Spec photographer Barry Gray called Hourigan “an old-school photojournalist” whose “first love, and best skill, was photographing news.” His wife said he sometimes beat firefighters to a fire and…

  • Joyce Dopkeen, Barrier-Breaking News Photographer, Dies at 80 – The New York Times

    Joyce Dopkeen, Barrier-Breaking News Photographer, Dies at 80 – The New York Times

    Joyce Dopkeen, Barrier-Breaking News Photographer, Dies at 80 In 1973, she was the first woman hired by The New York Times to be a full-time staff photographer. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/02/business/media/joyce-dopkeen-dead.html Ms. Dopkeen roamed widely with her camera for The Times, whether capturing Muhammad Ali squaring off against Joe Frazier, female prison inmates training puppies to be…

  • Corky Lee and the Work of Seeing | Online Only | n+1 | Ken Chen

    Corky Lee and the Work of Seeing | Online Only | n+1 | Ken Chen

    Corky Lee and the Work of Seeing | Ken Chen There is a symmetry between Corky Lee’s passing and the rise of Stop Anti-Asian Hate: the departure of Asian America’s greatest documentarian and its most visible recent efflorescence. Years earlier, the brief window of postwar Asian American radicalism s via n+1: https://www.nplusonemag.com/online-only/online-only/corky-lee-and-the-work-of-seeing/ I DID NOT…

  • Marilyn Stafford, a Photojournalist Rediscovered, Dies at 97 – The New York Times

    Marilyn Stafford, a Photojournalist Rediscovered, Dies at 97 – The New York Times

    Marilyn Stafford, a Photojournalist Rediscovered, Dies at 97 She brought a narrative eye and a social consciousness to her work, whether covering refugee crises, celebrities or fashion. But much of it might have been lost. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/24/arts/marilyn-stafford-dead.html Ms. Stafford retired in the 1980s to learn Mandarin, write poetry and support human rights initiatives. Or maybe…

  • AP photographer Jack Smith, who shot Mount St. Helens, dies | AP News

    AP photographer Jack Smith, who shot Mount St. Helens, dies | AP News

    AP photographer Jack Smith, who shot Mount St. Helens, dies SEATTLE (AP) — Jack Smith, an Associated Press photographer who captured unforgettable shots of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, boxer Mike Tyson biting off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear, and weeping figure skater Tonya Hard via AP NEWS: https://apnews.com/article/oil-spills-workplace-culture-mike-tyson-evander-holyfield-jack-smith-92ec14092ba79b7d2182e195f2eee719?fbclid=IwAR3Mo6azGmJZY8v3ooXGPgqumQnNwtTqmKDDrrscCk6zUb2gUE5g4lmlnqA “People…

  • Marilyn Stafford, a pioneer of street and fashion photography, has died, aged 97

    Marilyn Stafford, a pioneer of street and fashion photography, has died, aged 97 Social observation was key to the work of the recently rediscovered protégée of Francesco Scavullo and Henri Cartier-Bresson via The Art Newspaper – International art news and events: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/09/marilyn-stafford-a-pioneer-of-street-and-fashion-photography-has-died-aged-97 The photographer Marilyn Stafford, who died on 2 January, aged 97, attributed much…

  • Tony Vaccaro, 100, Dies; Photographed War From a Soldier’s Perspective – The New York Times

    Tony Vaccaro, 100, Dies; Photographed War From a Soldier’s Perspective – The New York Times

    Tony Vaccaro, 100, Dies; Photographed War From a Soldier’s Perspective After carrying a camera across battlefields, he became a magazine photographer known for his images of famous subjects like Georgia O’Keeffe and Greta Garbo. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/30/arts/tony-vaccaro-dead.html After carrying a camera across battlefields, he became a magazine photographer known for his images of famous subjects like…

  • John Gaps III, Iowan who traveled world as AP photojournalist, dies

    Former Register and international war photographer John Gaps III dies at 63 Iowan John Gaps photographed wars, Olympics and other big news stories around the world before joining the photo staff at the Des Moines Register. via The Des Moines Register: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2022/10/18/john-gaps-iii-obituary-des-moines-register-associated-press-ap/69572726007/ “He saw a lot for one guy. And he carried a lot of…

  • Influential and ‘Groundbreaking’ Photographer William Klein Dead at 96 | PetaPixel

    Influential and ‘Groundbreaking’ Photographer William Klein Dead at 96 | PetaPixel

    Influential and ‘Groundbreaking’ Photographer William Klein Dead at 96 Most well-known for his 1956 book “Life is Good & Good for You in New York.” via PetaPixel: https://petapixel.com/2022/09/12/influential-and-groundbreaking-photographer-william-klein-dead-at-96/ American-born French photographer William Klein has passed away at the age of 96 in his home in Paris. Klein is considered one of the most influential and…

  • Tim Page, Gonzo Photographer of the Vietnam War, Is Dead at 78 – The New York Times

    Tim Page, Gonzo Photographer of the Vietnam War, Is Dead at 78 – The New York Times

    Tim Page, Gonzo Photographer of the Vietnam War, Is Dead at 78 (Published 2022) Fearless and free-spirited, he pushed the boundaries of life and photography, recording intimate images of combat that helped shift the course of the war. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/24/world/asia/tim-page-dead.html Fearless and free-spirited, he pushed the boundaries of life and photography, recording intimate images of…

  • Iconic Lucha Libre Photographer Lourdes Grobet Has Died | PetaPixel

    Iconic Lucha Libre Photographer Lourdes Grobet Has Died | PetaPixel

    Iconic Lucha Libre Photographer Lourdes Grobet Has Died RIP via PetaPixel: https://petapixel.com/2022/07/19/iconic-lucha-libre-photographer-lourdes-grobet-has-died/ Grobet began to view the culture and world of Mexican Professional Wrestling through her camera lens in the 1980s. Known as Lucha Libre Mexicana, Mexican professional wrestling had been a favorite sport in Mexico, and one which Grobet had adored since a young…

  • Houston Chronicle photog Steve Gonzales dies after cancer bout

    Houston Chronicle photog Steve Gonzales dies after cancer bout

    The Chronicle says goodbye to Steve Gonzales, a beloved family man and photographer Steve Gonzales, a devoted family man and veteran Houston Chronicle photojournalist… via Houston Chronicle: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/beloved-photographer-steve-gonzales-gonzo-17265814.php#photo-22637963 Steve Gonzales, a devoted family man and veteran Houston Chronicle photojournalist beloved for his unwavering kindness, faith and optimism, died Saturday after a long, valiant battle with…

  • The Sicilian Photographer Who Fought the Mafia

    The Sicilian Photographer Who Fought the Mafia

    The Sicilian Photographer Who Fought the Mafia Letizia Battaglia was an impassioned activist and fearless documentarian who lived by the heart and the camera. via Aperture: https://aperture.org/editorial/the-sicilian-photographer-who-fought-the-mafia/ An impassioned activist and fearless documentarian, Letizia Battaglia lived by the heart and the camera.

  • Ron Galella’s Relentless Gaze | The New Yorker

    Ron Galella’s Relentless Gaze | The New Yorker

    Ron Galella’s Relentless Gaze The photographer’s work provides a stark illustration of the hold that celebrity has on our culture. via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/ron-galellas-relentless-gaze “My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous,” the artist Andy Warhol wrote, in 1979. “It’s being in the…

  • Ron Galella, Celebrity-Hounding Photographer, Dies at 91 – The New York Times

    Ron Galella, Celebrity-Hounding Photographer, Dies at 91 – The New York Times

    Ron Galella, Celebrity-Hounding Photographer, Dies at 91 He personified the paparazzi — brazen and relentless in chasing the famous, particularly Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. But his pictures also came to be admired. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/02/business/media/ron-galella-dead.html Mr. Galella was called a creep, a stalker and worse when he began shooting pictures of celebrities in the 1960s, before mass…

  • Letizia Battaglia, photojournalist who documented mafia crimes, dies aged 87 | Italy | The Guardian

    Letizia Battaglia, photojournalist who documented mafia crimes, dies aged 87 Anti-mafia journalist from Palermo scoured Sicilian alleyways in 1970s and 1980s to expose brutal violence via the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/14/letizia-battaglia-photojournalist-who-documented-mafia-crimes-dies-aged-87 Armed only with her Leica camera and mounted on a Vespa, Battaglia scoured the alleyways of Palermo during the 1970s and 1980s photographing the victims of…