Newspaper photographer who got Oswald image dies


DALLAS — Bill Winfrey, a former newspaper photographer who captured one of the iconic images of Lee Harvey Oswald after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, has died. He was 75. Winfrey died Jan. 15 at East Texas Medical Center in Athens from complications of heart disease and diabetes. A self-taught photographer, Winfrey was on the staff of The Dallas Morning News when Kennedy was killed Nov. 22, 1963. He rushed to the hospital where Kennedy was treated before following a trail of action to the Oak Cliff area of the city, where the hunt for the assassin was on. Winfrey saw Oswald being put in a police car, did a U-turn in the middle of the street and “beat the police to the police station,” he said at a 1993 conference of journalists who covered the assassination. Winfrey was in position to get a picture of a handcuffed Oswald raising his fist as he was led out of an elevator. Historians say the photo was illustrative of Oswald’s defiant attitude during his 45 hours in custody. Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days after the assassination, and Winfrey covered Ruby’s trial. Winfrey earned a spot on the Morning News staff by getting pictures of a deadly funnel cloud as it ripped through Oak Cliff on April 2, 1957. His wife, Jean Winfrey, said he was 15 when he started working for the newspaper in the mailroom in 1948. In the 1960s, Winfrey left the newspaper to start a commercial photography studio. His wife said he closed it during an economic downturn. She said he later worked as a locksmith in East Texas.

The Art and Language of Photography: A Photojournalism Glossary

From Poynter Online

By Kenneth Irby (More articles by this author)
Visual Journalism Group Leader/Diversity Director

The following vocabulary list is not intended to make you a world-class photographer. However, it will help you understand the lingo of photojournalism and aid you when communicating with photographers.

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FIRST LOOK: New View Of The Inauguration

By Donald R. Winslow
© 2009 News Photographer magazine

WASHINGTON, DC (January 20, 2009) – In a new view of an American Presidential Inauguration that’s never been shot or seen before, photographer Chuck Kennedy from the McClatchy-Tribune Photo Service today made this image of President Barack Obama taking the oath of office as the 44th President of the United States. (More story beneath the photograph.)

McClatchy-Tribune Photo Service managing editor George Bridges said that Kennedy began lobbying for the remote camera position shortly after election day.

“He took photos from previous inaugurations showing that there is a lot of equipment there (speakers, mikes, teleprompters) so a camera there would not be a distraction,” Bridges told News Photographer magazine moments after the inauguration wrapped up.

“When the stand was being built Chuck went out and did test photos to show to the Joint Congressional Inaugural Committee and the Senate Press Photographers’ Gallery to show how dramatic the images could be.”

The camera was a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with wireless transmitter attached and mounted inside a Pelican case customized by Kennedy. It was mounted on a camera plate that was screwed into the platform and then mounted on a Bogen arm. The camera was wired via Ethernet for transmission through a DSL line at Kennedy’s position on the balustrade above and behind the platform. The camera was trigged via a hardwire to eliminate radio interference.

McClatchy senior photo editor Linda Epstein said that Kennedy’s remote shot with a wide-angle lens is closer than any camera has been before during the inaugural oath. “It’s a shot that’s never been gotten,” she said. The pool photo was sent to all McClatchy newspapers and the McClatchy-Tribune News Service.

Firefighter, photographer brought together by tragic picture

Firefighter, photographer brought together by tragic picture
Ron Olshwanger's 1988 prize-winning photograph.

Ron Olshwanger’s 1988 prize-winning photograph.

Twenty years ago today, a lasting bond took root between two men on opposite ends of a camera lens.

Holding the camera was Ron Olshwanger, a fire district director who took pictures of fires in his free time. Holding a soot-covered toddler was St. Louis firefighter Adam Long, who had just rescued the limp little girl from a burning building.

Olshwanger’s camera captured a jarring, moving image of Long trying to breathe life into 2-year-old Patricia Pettus moments after plucking her from her burning home in the Central West End.

The next day, as she clung to life at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the photo ran on the front page of the Post-Dispatch. Before long, it was published in newspapers worldwide.

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The photo chronicled a moment that would change them all.

Six days after the fire, Patricia died. The following spring, Olshwanger was presented the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography.

As for Long, the incident branded him a hero — he received a Medal of Honor — though he didn’t feel very heroic. “For about a year, I second-guessed myself: ‘Did you really do all that you could have done?'” Long said.

The day the photo was published, Olshwanger went to meet Long at Engine House No. 17, where the firefighter was stationed. Though Olshwanger had stood just a few feet from the firefighter when he took the photo, Long had no idea it had been taken until he saw it in the newspaper. While Olshwanger had focused on him, Long’s focus was on saving the toddler.

They both went to the hospital to see Patricia. She was unable to take visitors when Olshwanger came by, but when Long did, nurses let him see her. As the little girl lay quietly in her bed, he held her hand.

“She just looked like she was resting,” he recalled, “but she was on life support.”

The two men grieved when she died. They attended her funeral together.

And as difficult as it was to accept her loss, each found meaning in her death.

“The little girl did not die in vain,” said Olshwanger, who said he still receives requests for copies of the photo. “To me, she is a hero because people are going out and buying smoke detectors because of what they see in that photo.”

Long agreed. “God has a funny way of doing things to get people’s attention, and that’s what it was: to get people’s attention, because in the city we were having lots of fire deaths,” he said.

The fire also sparked a friendship that has remained strong for 20 years.

Long and his wife accompanied Olshwanger and his wife to the Pulitzer ceremony in New York. They appeared on the Charlie Rose show and in media interviews together. And both men have received hundreds, if not thousands, of letters about the photo, which is prominently displayed in numerous St. Louis-area firehouses and beyond.

When Olshwanger’s wife, Sally, died of cancer in 1991, both men took it hard, Olshwanger said. “At the funeral, he was right there,” Olshwanger said. “I made a great friend.”

The two men have continued to talk regularly and have lunch about once a month.

Olshwanger, 71, who is still a director for the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District, is quick to boast of Long’s accomplishments, including his promotion to battalion chief at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. “If that picture never would have been taken, Adam would still be where he is today,” Olshwanger said. “He’s a role model for how to be a good firefighter and a good person, someone people can look up to.”

And while Long, 58, says any firefighter would have done what he did to find and retrieve Patricia’s body from the burning, smoke-filled home two decades ago, he is quick to assign deeper meaning to Olshwanger’s role at the fire.

“That was supposed to be,” Long said. “You were put there for a reason.

“And I have a good friend now.”

Missing suitcase of Capa war photos found after 70 years

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A suitcase containing thousands of undeveloped photographs of the Spanish Civil War shot by the great war photographer Robert Capa has reappeared after being lost for 70 years.

The haul of some 3,500 pictures – 120 rolls of film and sheaves of envelopes of cut negatives – taken by Capa, his companion Gerda Taro and fellow photographer David “Chim” Seymour was taken from Paris to Mexico in 1940 by a diplomat, and came to light only in the 1990s.

New York’s International Centre of Photography, which was founded by Capa’s brother Cornell, has acquired the suitcase containing three flimsy cardboard boxes of film. Researchers are still examining its contents, the centre’s curator, Kristen Lubben, said this week in Barcelona at a conference on “historic memory”.

The historic find came too late for the ICP’s exhibition last September of works by Capa and Taro, but some rediscovered pictures may be included when the show travels to London’s Barbican this autumn, and then to other European capitals, Ms Lubben told El Pais newspaper.

The ICP’s chief curator, Brian Wallace, has described the discovery as “momentous… the raw material from the birth of modern war photography”.

The cut shots in the envelopes already scrutinised have revealed previously unknown images of the brutal closing stages of Spain’s civil war in 1939.

They date from 1937, and do not therefore include any that might form part of the sequence containing the famous “falling soldier” picture taken in Cordoba in 1936, Ms Lubben said.

Ms Lubben promised that the images would be posted on the ICP’s website “as soon as possible”. The uncut rolls of nitrate stock will take longer to study and be made public, she said. They are in remarkably good order for their age, but special equipment must be built for them to be scanned and copied safely because of their fragile and unstable state.

Careful peeks at the rolls have revealed pictures of Ernest Hemingway and the poet Federico Garcia Lorca.

“It’s a mystery why these particular pictures were put together. It seems to have been a pre-selection for a joint project that in the end never happened,” Ms Lubben said. “There are no negatives of the famous falling soldier, taken in September 1936. We looked to see if there were any in the same series, but there’s nothing. We’ll have to keep looking.”

Capa fled Paris for America in 1939 on the outbreak of the Second World War, leaving the contents of his darkroom behind. He assumed the work had been destroyed when the Nazis occupied France in 1940, and he died in Vietnam in 1954 convinced they were lost. But his friend and assistant Imre “Chiki” Weisz entrusted the suitcase in 1940 to a Mexican diplomat in Paris, General Francisco Aguilar Gonzalez.

The general took it home to Mexico, where it reappeared among his possessions decades after his death in 1967. The ICP recently acquired the “Mexican suitcase” after protracted negotiations with the general’s descendants.

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