Carl Viti-February 2001

HONOLULU (AP) – Carl Viti, a Honolulu Advertiser photographer, was fatally injured Sunday in a hit-and-run traffic accident while riding his bicycle. He was 52. A self-taught photographer, Viti joined the Advertiser in 1983 after working for two years as a stringer for The Associated Press in San Francisco. Viti was pedaling his 10-speed along the paved shoulder of Kamehameha Highway just before 10:30 a.m. when he was struck from the rear by a car, police said. Viti hit the car’s windshield before landing by the side of the road, they said. An Army medevac helicopter flew Viti to The Queen’s Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a little more than two hours after the accident. The driver pulled over and indicated to other motorists who also stopped that he was going for help, witnesses said. He never returned. A native of San Francisco, Viti graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz before joining the Peace Corps almost 30 years ago. “He shot every kind of assignment you can shoot in Hawaii, and the quality of his work was recognized in the many awards he received,” Advertiser Editor Jim Gatti said. “Carl was always coming up with the unique angle to tell a story, and I think he loved every assignment he ever had,” former editor Gerry Keir said. After teaching English to children in Micronesia for three years, Viti remained in the Pacific to captain a trimaran sailboat. He also trained himself to be a photographer before joining the Pacific Daily News on Guam. “He was the consummate professional as a photographer,” said Greg Ambrose, a Honolulu Star-Bulletin reporter who worked with Viti at the Pacific Daily News 25 years ago. “All his pictures had warmth and centered around the human element.” Viti is survived by his wife, Rubylyn, a page designer at the Star-Bulletin, and a 5-year-old son.

Art Elwing

Photographer Art Elwing, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 16 at his home in San Carlos. He was a photographer for the Chicago Times when he was drafted in the army for W.W.II. Art was SFBAPPA’s Retirement Chairman and was the official photographer for the SFBAPPA Awards Banquets. The war pulled Elwing from the career as a photojournalist he had pursued since the age of 13. Elwing left his own photography business and night work at the Chicago Times for the war. “I was out to defend my country,” he said. He settled in San Carlos after the war in 1947. He has photographed many famous subjects in his long career. Early in life, before the war, the list included Gary Cooper in a parade in Chicago in the 1930s. Burlington Railroad’s first Zephyr train plowing through a snow back is one of his favorites. Later in the 1960s he became the official photographer for the Circle Star Theater, which was recently torn down. He has freelanced to the San Francisco Examiner, Redwood City Tribune and several other Bay Area newspapers. He received the “Order of the North Star” from the King of Sweden in 1979 and the “Certificate of Merit” from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1977 and served as president of the Swedish Club for nine years. As a long-time member of SFBAPPA, Art left a gift of $5,000 to the association. There are no formal services planned. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Siv Elwing, and a brother, LeRoy Elwing, of Santa Clara. Siv Elwing 222 Sycamore St. San Carlos, CA 94070 (650) 591-2500