Peter Breinig – San Francisco Chronicle photographer

Peter Breinig, a longtime cigar-chomping San Francisco Chronicle photographer and airplane pilot who snapped some of his best news pictures while leaning out the window of his single-engine plane, has died. Breinig, 80, died Friday on his houseboat on Richardson Bay after a brief illness.

“Photography is communication,” he liked to say. “You don’t take pictures to win newspaper contests. You take pictures to tell the story. The better the picture, the smaller the caption you need.” Continue reading “Peter Breinig – San Francisco Chronicle photographer”

Susan Caldwell – San Francisco Examiner

Examiner photographer Susan Caldwell, 41, and her daughter, Nina Garrison, was killed in a car crash on Bayshore Boulevard in South San Francisco Sunday. She was driving to the Cow Palace on assignment for the Examiner to cover the dog show.

Caldwell previously worked at the Independent for about 15 years. She worked for Examiner editions south of San Francisco to Redwood City.

Caldwell and her daughter, both of South San Francisco, were in a 2000 Honda Accord that flipped when it collided head-on with a Honda van around 2:05 p.m., according to South San Francisco police.

Caldwell was pronounced dead at the scene. Garrison was transported to San Francisco General Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival, South San Francisco police Sgt. Paul Ritter said today. The driver of the van was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, Ritter said. Police are still investigating what caused the two cars to collide.

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Retired Oakland Tribune photographer Roy H. Williams

 Retired Oakland Tribune photographer Roy H. Williams, a member of the photo team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake, died Wednesday of heart attack.  He was 73.

In 1950 at the age of 19, Williams was the youngest photographer ever hired by the Tribune. Over the next 40 years he won numerous awards. Continue reading “Retired Oakland Tribune photographer Roy H. Williams”