March 31, 1989 |
Joseph Sorrentino's photos of poor and homeless adults and children, on view at the Arts League, make us feel uncomfortable. No fearful looks cloud these faces, but there is an acid edge in this kind of contemporary picture - its hard surface revealing a poignant vulnerability. The emotional turf Sorrentino stakes out is a part of American culture that he approaches like a street photographer. He is not concerned with highly personal states of feeling. His subjects belong to the world of external experience.
February 15, 2012
Lillian Bassman, 94, a magazine art director and fashion photographer who achieved renown in the 1940s and '50s with high-contrast, dreamy portraits of sylphlike models, then reemerged in the '90s as a fine-art photographer after a cache of lost negatives resurfaced, died Monday at her home in New York. Ms. Bassman entered the world of magazine editing and fashion photography as a protégé of Alexey Brodovitch, the renowned art director of Harper's Bazaar. In addition to providing innovative graphic design, she gave prominent display to future photographic stars like Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, and Louis Faurer, whose work whetted her appetite to become a photographer herself.
December 2, 2012
Ken Regan, a photojournalist whose reputation for discretion earned him a backstage pass to the private realms of rock stars and other celebrities, including Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, died last Sunday in Manhattan. The cause was cancer, his daughter Suzanne Regan said. Mr. Regan was the official photographer for the Rolling Stones on several tours in the 1970s and Kennedy's unofficial personal photographer in the last four decades of his life. He was also the official photographer for Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1975, and the Live Aid concert in 1985.
October 31, 2011
Barry Feinstein, 80, a photographer who chronicled the lives of seminal rock 'n' roll stars of the 1960s, and who was perhaps best known for the stark portrait of Bob Dylan on the cover of the 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin' , died Oct. 20 near his home in Woodstock, N.Y. Besides his work with Dylan, Mr. Feinstein established his reputation as one of rock's semiofficial official chroniclers with two 1970 photographs: one of Janis Joplin,...
August 6, 2002 |
NASCAR chairman Bill France wonders whether Tony Stewart might have been provoked into hitting a photographer after a 12th-place finish in the Brickyard 400. While NASCAR continued its investigation yesterday, France said he would be interested in seeing pictures or footage of the confrontation, if any exist. Stewart punched Gary Mook, a freelance photographer for the Indianapolis Star, after Sunday's race. Mook was trying to take pictures of Stewart as he hustled through the garage area, when Stewart stopped and hit him in the chest.
May 9, 2011
German-born photographer Gunter Sachs, 78, best known for his playboy lifestyle and brief marriage to French actress Brigitte Bardot, has committed suicide, his family said Sunday. In a statement released by his family at his request, Mr. Sachs said he chose to end his life after concluding that he was suffering from an incurable degenerative disease affecting his memory and ability to communicate. "I have always stood up to big challenges," the statement said. It provided no details on the timing or circumstances of his death, but German weekly Focus reported that Mr. Sachs shot himself Saturday at his home in the exclusive Swiss Alpine resort of Gstaad.
March 15, 2016 |
Lawrence S. Williams, 98, a prominent Philadelphia photographer who chronicled World War II, took pictures of two presidents, then focused his camera on the city's architecture, died Saturday, March 5, of pneumonia at Shannondell at Valley Forge. Mr. Williams worked with city planner Edmund Bacon and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission on an ambitious project to document the cityscape as its buildings changed after 1950. The fruits of that effort became the Williams Collection, a treasure trove of 250,000 images that the Athenaeum of Philadelphia acquired in 2001.
July 26, 1998 |
Melchior DiGiacomo, a Bergen County, N.J., photographer, is not at odds with life. He likes the pungent aroma of life as it is being lived. What he is at odds with are many of the conventional practices and pieties of photojournalism and commercial photography. So he has been waging a lonely uphill battle to change this and introduce a little individuality - in particular with regard to that most hackneyed of subjects, wedding pictures that photographers are hired to take. When DiGiacomo photographs weddings, which he sometimes does between magazine picture assignments, he is always more interested in choosing expressive detail and in his ability to describe the nature of things rather than in the obvious facts of the event.
December 2, 1994 |
Michael "Mike Reno" Garbesi, 53, a freelance photographer of political, entertainment and sports stars, died Tuesday at his home in South Philadelphia. Mr. Garbesi, known throughout Philadelphia as "Mike Reno," often cruised the city with cameras hanging off his neck and a press pass identifying him as a representative of the Philadelphia Exclusive News. "He was a self-employed freelance photographer and sold advertisements for the paper," said J.J. Palumbo, owner of the Exclusive News.
May 25, 2011
Richard Steinheimer, 81, a master of railroad photography whose poetic images documented a half-century of trains and the landscape of the American West, has died. Mr. Steinheimer died May 4 at his Sacramento, Calif., home of Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Shirley Burman "He's been called the Ansel Adams of the railroad-photography world," said Phil Hammond, director of the California State Railroad Museum. "He brought an artistic side to a field that is often associated with technology.