Marie Cosindas, who earned fame and recognition in the 1960’s for her still lifes and color portraits, has died. She was 93, Art News reports.
Born in Boston in 1923, Cosindas studied at the Modern School of Fashion Design in the 1950s and took drawing and painting classes at the Bostom Museum School. She later became interested in photography and studied with Ansel Adams.
In 1962, Cosindas began working with Polaroid’s new Polacolor film, becoming one of the first artists to use it. She had her first solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1966. According to ArtNews, she was only the fifth female photographer to have a solo exhibition at MoMA.
During her career, Cosindas received a Guggenheim grant, a Rockefeller grant and honorary degrees from several arts colleges among other accolades.
Alan Diaz, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for his photo of federal immigration agents seizing Elián González, the six-year-old Cuban refugee at the center of an international custody dispute, died July 3, according to an AP report. He was 71. Diaz had been freelancing for AP in Miami when González was found floating... More ›
Jack Laxer, who photographed mid-century modern architecture in southern California and became a master of 3-D stereo photography, died June 12 in Culver City, California, according to Chris Nichols, former chair of the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee. Laxer was 91. Born in Brooklyn, Laxer moved to southern California as the post-World War II building... More ›
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. Nzima’s famous photograph showed a distraught 18-year-old named Mbuyisa Makhubo carrying the dead body of 13-year-old Hector Pieterson, a student... More ›