Today's Pictures: In Memoriam: Burt Glinn, 1925-2008

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Beloved Magnum photographer Burt Glinn passed away early in the morning on April 9. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Glinn served in the U.S. Army from 1943-46 before studying literature at Harvard University, where he edited and took photographs for the Harvard Crimson. From 1949-50, Glinn worked for Life magazine before becoming a freelancer. He covered Castro’s takeover of Cuba and the Sinai War and created extensive portraits of countries all over the world. One of the first Americans to join Magnum, Glinn became an associate member of the young photo agency in 1951 and a full member in 1954. He served as president of Magnum from 1972-75 and was re-elected in 1987. He is survived by his wife Elena, son Sam, and daughter Norma.

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Reuters Video Photojournalist Fadel Shana, 23, Killed In Gaza Blast

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Reuters video photojournalist Fadel Shana, 23, was killed today on his way to cover a news story. When the Reuters TV vehicle that he and a soundman were traveling in stopped, Shana got out to start shooting and almost immediately an explosion killed him and two bystanders.

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Magnum / Burt Glinn 1925-2008

Burt Glinn 1925-2008

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The Dauntless Spirit – Philip Jones Griffiths: 1936-2008

Peter Howe:

f you knew Wales, you knew Philip Jones Griffiths. To the end of his life he remained true to his Welshness, which defined him with a power that few environments exert. Both he and his birthplace are rife with contradictions. It is a breathtakingly beautiful land, and relentlessly bleak, a land of strong communities made up of fierce individualists, where physical poverty has produced spiritual richness. Philip’s personality reflected this duality. He was a cynical idealist; a serious man with a playful wit; his mind was analytical but his soul was passionate; profoundly moral he could be wickedly lascivious; he was opinionated but compassionate. The one area of his life that was without contradiction, and which dominated him to his last day, was his craft. He was without compromise, without hesitation and without deviation a photographer, one of the greatest photojournalists this profession has been proud to call its own.

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The Interpreter of Memories From The Killing Fields

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By Elizabeth Becker

So how did Dith Pran, a sophisticated journalist, survive when the Khmer Rouge was rooting out and killing most intellectuals?

A Cambodian banker I know survived by playing the village idiot. Pran survived by reading character. His brilliance as a journalist for figuring out chaotic situations in war was critical during the revolution. He, of course, hid his background, but he read people the way he had read all of us, foreigner and Cambodian alike. He knew what we were good for and where we were hopeless. During the Khmer Rouge revolution, he had to rely on those finely honed instincts to survive.

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Four Photojournalists Killed During Vietnam War Come Home For Burial

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Remains from the crash site where four photojournalists were killed when their helicopter went down in Laos during the Vietnam war will be buried on Thursday April 3, 2008, during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington.

On February 10, 1971, photographers Henri Huet, 43, of the Associated Press, Larry Burrows, 44, of Life magazine, Kent Potter, 23, of United Press International, and Keisaburo Shimamoto, 34, of Newsweek were killed their South Vietnamese helicopter lost its way over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos and was shot down by a North Vietnamese 37-mm anti-aircraft gun. Three of Saigon’s soldiers and the four-man flight crew also perished in the midair explosion.

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Dith Pran, ‘Killing Fields’ Photographer, Dies at 65

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Dith Pran, a photojournalist for The New York Times whose gruesome ordeal in the killing fields of Cambodia was re-created in a 1984 movie that gave him an eminence he tenaciously used to press for his people’s rights, died in New Brunswick, N.J., on Sunday. He was 65 and lived in Woodbridge, N.J.

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Photojournalist Dennis R. Warren, dead at 62

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Dennis R. Warren, a prolific freelance photojournalist who captured revealing images of a who’s who of state and national political figures, from Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan to Cesar Chavez and Robert Kennedy, died Friday. He was 62.

The cause was heart failure, said his sister, Debbie Carroll.

Starting with a Brownie camera and a homemade press pass, Mr. Warren was a fixture behind the lens at the state Capitol and on the national campaign trail for two decades. He freelanced for United Press International and the Associated Press as a photographer and reporter from 1968 to 1982.

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Photographer dies while trying to put out fire

John Gumm’s son, Jim Gumm, said his father was an accomplished photographer who worked for the Oklahoma Publishing Company in the 1950s and ’60s.
“I’ve been a photographer for 25 years, and I can’t even come close to him as far as the technical side,” he said. “He was a phenomenal man, just a very talented man.”

He said some of his father’s most interesting assignments as a photojournalist included photographing the Great Alaska Earthquake in March 1964 and an undercover assignment in which he lived among Chicago’s beatniks around the same time period.

“He grew out a beard and everything for that one,” Jim Gumm said.

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Photographer sought truth — chicagotribune.com

Archie Lieberman roamed the world as a photojournalist. But he found fodder for one of his most memorable books on a farm nestled in the rolling hills of Jo Daviess County, a few hours west of his Evanston home.

Mr. Lieberman, 81, died of a neurological disease similar to Parkinson’s on Thursday, March 13, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center in Iowa, said his wife, Esther. After many years in Evanston, he moved to a small farm near Galena in the mid-1980s.

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Philip Jones Griffiths 1936-2008 – Magnum Photos

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It was Philip’s consummate skill as a picture maker, carefully able to draw the viewer closer and closer to his subjects through his emotionally-charged compositions that lent such power to his work. Philip was always concerned with individuals – their personal and intimate suffering more than any particular class or ideological struggle. And the strength of his vision, that inspired so many of us, led Henri Cartier-Bresson to write of Philip: “not since Goya has anyone portrayed war like Philip Jones Griffiths.”

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War photographer Philip Jones Griffith dies at 72

British photojournalist Philip Jones Griffiths, known for his unflinching coverage of the Vietnam war, died on Tuesday aged 72, the Magnum photo agency said.
    Born in Wales in 1936, Griffith Jones launched his career as a freelancer for Britain’s Observer newspaper in 1961, covering the Algerian war in 1962 before travelling across central Africa.
    In a career that took him to more than 120 countries, Griffith Jones covered everything from Buddhism in Cambodia, drought in India, poverty in Texas or the legacy of the Gulf war in Kuwait.

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Friend's Death Shows Cost of Iraq War – washingtonpost.com

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The Death of Russian photographer Dmitry Chebotayev.

In my nightmares, the helicopters still come out of a dark sky, two black spots barely visible against the backdrop of night.

Their swirling blades grow louder until they finally touch down on earth and fall silent. They look like giant steel bugs from another planet, bulbous robots with eyes of glass coming to take away their prey: seven human beings who woke one day in Iraq not knowing they would be dead by noon.

Six American soldiers. One Russian photographer.

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JS Online: Iraq copter crash kills area airman

As an aspiring photojournalist, Christopher Scott Frost wouldn’t stop until he got that one shot that would bring a story to life, his father said Wednesday.
And as a member of the U.S. Air Force serving in Iraq, he got to employ his relentless pursuit of stories as an editor of a military publication, Gary Frost said.

“He was ecstatic when one of his stories got picked up by a Spokane, Washington, newspaper,” Gary Frost said in a telephone interview Wednesday night, after learning that his son had been killed in Iraq. “He is esteemed by the people who worked around him for his willingness to tackle any assignment or any mission.”

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Frost, 24, died Monday near Bayji, Iraq, in a crash of an Iraqi Army Mi-17 helicopter. The circumstances surrounding the crash are under investigation. He was assigned to the 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

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Dungeons & Dragons Creator Gary Gygax Passes Away; Interview on Gadgets – Boing Boing

According to a post on Troll Lord Games, the company that had published his most recent work, Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons & Dragons, has passed away

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Theo Westenberger, Magazine And Advertising Photographer, Dies At 57

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Theo Westenberger, whose versatility with portraits and travel images won her recognition as a top magazine and advertising photographer, has died.

Westenberger died Thursday at her home in New York after a four-year battle with lung cancer, according to Colleen Keegan, a friend and her artistic executor. She was 57.

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Rick Selvin dies, was writer, editor at Daily News | Philadelphia Daily News | 02/14/2008

Rick Selvin arrived at the Daily News in 1980 to apply for a job. When he got to then-managing editor Zack Stalberg’s office, he hesitated at the door.

“I’m really sorry,” Rick said.

“What are you sorry about?” Zack inquired.

“Well, I usually wear a necktie to these interviews,” Rick said, “but my tie was frozen in the trunk of my car when it got wet and when I tried to put it on, it broke.”

Zack, recognizing a guy who would surely become a true Daily News character, hired him on the spot.

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Lynn Demarest; captured vivid moments from around world – The Boston Globe

Eluned (McLaren) Demarest saw the poverty of India and the ruins of post-World War II Berlin through the lenses of cameras.

Mrs. Demarest, an award-winning photographer who scoured the world for poignant pictures, died Jan. 28 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham of cardiopulmonary arrest. The Westwood resident was 85.

Her Welsh name was too hard for most to pronounce, so she was known to most as Lynn. Her work appeared in National Geographic, Newsweek, and other publications, including the Globe, and she produced several books of photography.

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Jorge Lewinski obituary – Times Online

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Jorge Lewinski was a tireless and vivid chronicler of the world of modern art. If he never quite achieved the public acknowledgement he deserved, this was in part the result of his steadfast – some would say stubborn – vision for his remarkable collection of more than 300 photographic portraits of British artists.

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State of the Art: Remembering Life Photographer Allan Grant

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One of the great photographers from Life magazine’s golden age, Allan Grant, died on February 1 at his home in Brentwood, California. He was 88 years old.

Other Life photographers, such as Alfred Eisenstaedt and Margaret Bourke-White, were better known than Grant. But few covered as wide a variety of stories. Among his most enduring images are his portraits of

Hollywood beauties. He famously shot Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly together backstage at the 1955 Academy Awards and made the last photos of Marilyn Monroe at her Brentwood home in 1962. One of best known images was a Life cover shot of actress Shirley MacClaine mugging for the camera with her daughter Sachi.

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