Ken Allan

December 1, 2012 Photographers Remembered 0
Ken Allen, Photographer.

Ken Allan, one of organizers of The San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association, died in 1997. He was one of the first presidents of the association, which began in 1957. His son, Mark Allen, is a well-known video photographer. Both father and son are the only father/son presidents of SFBAPPA. In the 70s, he… Read more

Associated Press Photographer Walt Zeboski

November 13, 2012 Photographers Remembered 0
Associated Press photographer Walt Zeboski, who chronicled Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign and a succession of California governors as a photographer for The Associated Press, has died. He was 83.

He died Monday, November 12th, 2012, at his home in Sacramento after battling pneumonia, according to his wife, Virginia Zeboski. She said the family brought her husband home Friday from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento and provided hospice care for him over the weekend.

Retired KRON photographer Anthony “Tony” Frank Torrano

July 23, 2011 Photographers Remembered 0
Retired KRON photographer Anthony “Tony” Frank Torrano died in June 2011 after an eight year battle with cancer. He was 59.

Torrano worked for KRON for 26 years. He was the first engineer who worked on a two-man van. He then worked with the microwave truck and onto to a satellite truck. He started video photography after he graduated from San Francisco State University. He attended the John O’Connell Trade School for video. After graduation he… Read more

Former Marin Independent Journal chief photographer Bob Hax

May 10, 2011 Photographers Remembered 0

He worked for the Independent Journal for 35 years. His toughest shot, he told a reporter in 1988, was of the grieving San Rafael widow of an airline crash victim on PSA flight 1771 the year before. He said he felt like an intruder when he got the shot of her face, etched in pain… Read more

Former Palo Alto Times Chief Photographer Gene “Tup” Tupper

May 3, 2011 Photographers Remembered 0

He worked at the Times from 1948 until his retirement in 1981. According to an 1981 article, “He was the newspaper employee best known by the public, and he photographed many celebrities including President Harry S. Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Ronald Reagan, Shirley Temple, Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, Nikita… Read more

Buster DeBrunner

February 14, 2011 Photographers Remembered 0

KPIX photographer died last year. Buster was born Feb. 13, 1927 in Los Angeles County. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Chloe, daughter Danette Clark of Paso Robles, Darelette Camara of Rohnert Park, Deaette De Brunner of Rohnert Park. He also had five grandchildren. Buster was an Emmy-award winning news photographer. Many… Read more

Sports Photographer Mickey Pfleger

February 2, 2011 Photographers Remembered 0

  Well-known sports photographer Mickey Pfleger passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday at a care facility near Sacramento. He was 61. He died of complications from a brain tumor. The family plans to have a memorial service at Lands End in San Francisco sometime early next year where his ashes will be scattered. If… Read more

Former Contra Costa Times Director of Photography Bob Sibilia

January 3, 2011 Photographers Remembered 0

Sibilia was hired by publisher Dean Lesher of the then “Green Sheet” in 1966 where his photojournalism career began. He helped daily involvement in the growth and development of the Contra Costa Times from a local newspaper to one of national status. He not only oversaw the photography department but he wrote columns, served as… Read more

SFBAPPA’s oldest Life Member Les Thomsen

December 3, 2010 Photographers Remembered 0

In the ’50s he became a newsreel cinematographer for Paramount Pictures. Since then he worked for Hearst Metrotone News, Movietone News, USIA, NBC, & CBS. In addition to filming seven U.S. presidents, he also filmed many historic events beginning with the 1939 World’s Fair and including the 1960 Winter Olympics. Sporting events included Rose Bowls,… Read more

Former San Francisco Examiner Photo Editor Chris Gulker

November 5, 2010 Photographers Remembered 0

In 1989, Chris joined the San Francisco Examiner as picture editor and then as director of media development. His Wikipedia entry explains his contribution to the Examiner, “Turning the Examiner into a ‘digital laboratory,’ he converted the newspaper from black and white to color by implementing a production system of his own design that used… Read more