Obituary

Obituary: Jack Laxer, Pioneer of 3-D Architectural Photography, 91

Posted by on Monday June 18, 2018 | Obituary

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Penguin coffee shop, Santa Monica. © Jack Laxer

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

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

Posted by on Tuesday May 15, 2018 | Obituary, Uncategorized

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

Obituary: Photographer Barry O’Rourke, APA President and Stock Agency Founder, 84

Posted by on Monday April 23, 2018 | Obituary

Photographer Barry O’Rourke, a past president of the Advertising Photographers of America and co-founder of The Stock Market stock photo agency, died April 17 in hospice care in Brookfield, Connecticut. The cause of death was complications from Alzheimer’s, according to his son, Randy. He was 84. Born James Barry O’Rourke in Providence, Rhode Island, 1933,... More

Obituary: Photographer Nitin Vadukul, 52

Posted by on Friday March 9, 2018 | Obituary

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. Born Nitin Shantilal Vadukul in Nairobi in 1965 to parents of Indian... More

Obituary: Wally McNamee, Veteran Washington Photographer

Posted by on Monday November 20, 2017 | Obituary

Photojournalist Wallace “Wally” McNamee, whose career at The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine spanned more than 40 years, died November 17 in Virginia, the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) has reported. McNamee was 85. The cause of his death was not given. In addition to covering major news events including the Civil Rights movement... More

Obituary: Armando Trovati, Longtime AP Skiing Photographer, 73

Posted by on Monday August 7, 2017 | Obituary

Armando Trovati, a longtime Associated Press photographer who covered the professional skiing beat, died on Sunday. According to reports, Trovati, 73, died of lung cancer at his home in Milan. Trovati started working with the AP as a teenager. Based in Milan, he began as a darkroom assistant and messenger. According to the AP, he worked... More

Obituary: Gary Friedman, LA Times Photographer, 62

Posted by on Friday June 16, 2017 | Obituary

Gary Friedman
Photo courtesy of The Los Angeles Times

Gary Friedman, a longtime Los Angeles Times photojournalist, died Wednesday after a fight with cancer, The Times reports. He was 62. During his career, Friedman photographed presidential elections, Olympic games and the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City. He won a World Press Photo award in 1981 for his coverage of Yvonne and... More

Obituary: Color Pioneer Marie Cosindas, 93

Posted by on Thursday June 1, 2017 | Obituary

Asparagus II, 1967 by Marie Cosindas
Asparagus II, 1967. © Estate of Marie Cosindas, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

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... More

Obituary: George Pitts, Photo Editor and Photographer *UPDATED

Posted by on Monday March 6, 2017 | Obituary

© Allison Michael Orenstein
George Pitts, photographed in 2007. In addition to his work as the wide-ranging photo director of Vibe, Pitts was also a photographer, writer and critic. Photo © Allison Michael Orenstein.

George Pitts, photo director of Vibe from 1993 to 2004, died March 4 after a long illness, according to the Society of Magazine Photographers. A former painter who took up writing and photography, Pitts had exhibited his fine-art photography in New York, Los Angeles and Montreal. During his tenure at Vibe, he worked with photographers... More