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A tribute to Burt Glinn

This week Magnum Photos announced that long-time member Burt Glinn has passed away. The photographer and his legacy have been honored with a special exhibition in Seattle's SAM Gallery. The show will run until May 3, 2008, and will present much of Glinn's work from the 50s and 60s, while the photographer documented The Seattle Tubing Society (see below). As counterpoint, Glinn's dramatic photographs of the Cuban Revolution will also be included. Glinn is also the photographer behind the world-famous image of Khrushchev viewing the Lincoln Memorial.

Glinn has also served as a president of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), during the organization's 35th Anniversary. Click here for excerpts from the photographer, collected for the 60th Anniversary celelbration of the ASMP.

Magnum Photos Blog:

"Glinn became an associate member of Magnum in 1951, along with Eve Arnold and Dennis Stock—the first Americans to join the young photo agency—and a full member in 1954. He made his mark with spectacular color series on the South Seas, Japan, Russia, Mexico and California. In 1959 he received the Mathew Brady Award for Magazine Photographer of the Year from the University of Missouri.

"In collaboration with the writer Laurens van der Post, Glinn published
A Portrait of All the Russians and A Portrait of Japan. His reportages appeared in magazines including Esquire, Geo, Travel + Leisure, Fortune, Life and Paris-Match. He covered the Sinai War as well as the U.S. Marine invasion of Lebanon."

If the sound of "The Seattle Tubing Society" has you scratching your head, click here for a slide-show obit at Magnum Photos. Preview the exhibition here.

Image ©Burt Glinn.

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