PDN remembers some influential photographers,
educators and advocates who have died in the past year.
for several years. She died January 1, 2012, of an unspecified illness in Montpon-Ménestérol, France, where she
had lived for more than 20 years. She was 68.
Sabah al-Bazee, an Iraqi freelance photographer who
has contributed to Reuters since 2004, was among 50
people who died March 29, 2011, in a bomb attack on a
government building in Tikrit, Iraq. He was 30.
South African photojournalist Anton Hammerl died
April 5, 2011, of a gunshot wound while covering
the uprising in Libya. He had been a picture editor
and the chief photographer for the Saturday Star in
Johannesburg until late March, when he went freelance to cover the unrest in Libya. He was 41.
Photographer and teacher Jerome Liebling was one of
several influential street photographers of the Thrities
and Forties, although less well-known than contemporaries Walker Evans, Helen Levitt and Berenice
Abbott. Liebling went on to start the film and photography program at Hampshire College in Amherst,
Massachusetts. He died of cancer July 27, 2011, in
Northampton, Massachusetts, at the age of 87.
Magnum photographer Eve Arnold was best known
for her unvarnished portraiture of Marilyn Monroe and
other celebrities, but was also highly regarded for her
documentary stories about the ordinary lives of the
poor and downtrodden all over the world. She died
January 4, 2012, in London at the age of 99.
Photojournalist Tim Hetherington died April 20, 2011,
in Misrata, Libya, while covering the fighting between
rebels and troops loyal to Muammar Qaddafi, who was
later overthrown. Hetherington covered social and political issues worldwide and won top prize at the 2007
World Press photo competition. He was 40.
Associated Press photographer Ed Reinke died October
18, 2011, two weeks after sustaining head injuries from
a fall while covering an auto race in Sparta, Kentucky.
He was 60, and had been an AP photographer for more
than 25 years.
Toronto-based photographer Andrew MacNaughtan,
who was known for his photographs of the rock band
Rush as well as his work with Canadian celebrities and
musicians, died of a heart attack on January 24, 2012,
while on assignment. He was 47.
Photojournalist Chris Hondros died April 20, 2011,
in Misrata, Libya, from injuries he sustained when
he was hit by rocket fire; the same attack killed Tim
Hetherington. A staff photographer for Getty Images,
Hondros had covered major conflicts around the world
since the late Nineties and won numerous photojournalism awards, including The Robert Capa Gold Medal
Award in 2006. He was 41.
MADELEINE DE SINéTY
Madeleine de Sinéty spent more than two decades
documenting daily life in a Brittany farming village,
demonstrating that photographers can transform the
ordinary into the extraordinary through intense observation of—and connection with—subjects. She died
of cancer December 22, 2011, at her home in Rangeley,
Maine. She was 77.
Fashion photographer Lillian Bassman was known
for her high contrast black-and-white fashion images
for Harper’s Bazaar and various advertisers from the
Forties through the Sixties. Her work enjoyed a popular
resurgence during the Nineties. Bassman died in New
York City on February 13, 2012. She was 94.
French freelance photographer Rémi Ochlik was killed
in a rocket attack on a makeshift media center in
Homs, Syria, on February 22, 2012. Ochlik was in Syria
covering anti-government protests there. He was 29.
Jan Groover’s complex still-life tableaux of kitchen
utensils and other utilitarian objects earned her comparisons to Paul Cézanne, and a solo show at the
Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1987. She
taught at the State University of New York in Purchase
Photographer Paula Lerner, past vice president of the
Editorial Photographers trade association and creator of
an Emmy award-winning multimedia production about
women in Afghanistan, died of cancer March 6, 2012, at
her home in Belmont, Massachusetts. She was 52.
From Lillian Bassman: Lingerie, published by Abrams; Poilley, Brittany, photographed by Madeleine de Sinéty; Jerome Liebling’s “Butterfly Boy NYC, 1949”;
Eve Arnold with Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits , 1960.
© JEroME liEbling
© MAdEl EinE dE sinéty
© lilliAn bAssMAn
© EvE Arnold/MAgnuM Photos