Ken Allan

Ken Allen, Photographer.
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 suggested a contest award named for his friend, Ken McLaughlin, and contributed the first check for the perpetual trophies. The Ken McLaughlin award are for the Still and Video Photographer of the Year.

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Associated Press Photographer Walt Zeboski

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.
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.

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Retired KRON photographer Anthony “Tony” Frank Torrano

Retired KRON photographer Anthony “Tony” Frank Torrano died in June 2011 after an eight year battle with cancer. He was 59.
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 started at KRON as vacation relief.

Some of his favorite stories were the International Hotel riot; George Moscoe and Harvey Milk riot. He photographed presidents Reagan and Clinton. He traveled to Cambodia in 1979 on a relief effort for Cambodia.

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Former Marin Independent Journal chief photographer Bob Hax

Former Marin Independent Journal chief photographer Bob Hax died suddenly at his home last Saturday, April 30, 2011 after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 77.
Former Marin Independent Journal chief photographer Bob Hax died suddenly at his home last Saturday, April 30, 2011 after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 77.

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 as she clutched a flag in a cemetery. Happier assignments, he recalled, were covering the Bay Area visit of Pope John Paul II and the return home to San Rafael of a soldier held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Hax earned more than two dozen awards from news organizations and trade associations for his photographs over the years, ranging from high school sports action to breaking news events, such as a 1967 melee at San Quentin State Prison involving American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell.

Chief photographer Robert Tong remembers Hax, "Bob was a friend, mentor, co-worker and father figure to me. I was lucky and thankful that he gave me the opportunity to work at the IJ as a young high school kid. He gave of his time and experience, and listened to me complain about my high school problems." Continue reading "Former Marin Independent Journal chief photographer Bob Hax"

Former Palo Alto Times Chief Photographer Gene “Tup” Tupper

Former Palo Alto Times chief photographer Gene "Tup" Tupper died in April 2011 after a brief illness. He was 85.
Former Palo Alto Times chief photographer Gene "Tup" Tupper died in April 2011 after a brief illness. He was 85.

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 Khrushchev, Bob Hope, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Jane Mansfield, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Willie Mays among others. He photographed the Beatles when they stayed in Palo Alto. He also cover many Bing Crosby Pebble Beach golf tournaments.

Former Palo Alto Times Tribune chief photographer Bob Andres recalled, "He's always had a coffee cup in his hand, always had a shirt and tie on, and was all business all the time. I was 'the kid' on the staff, and definitely had to prove himself, which I think I did. He went full gamut from 4x5 to 2-1/4 to 35mm. I remember looking at negatives of a car crash sequence he shot on 4x5 - he had the patient on the gurney coming at him and loaded into the ambulance like it was shot in 35mm with a motor, which is impressive."

Former Times photographer Joe Melena remember fondly, "He had a influence on me. He gave you an assignment and gave you free reign. He didn't tell you how to do em. He wore a suit and tie on assignments - that was the code back then. It could be 90 degree out, but you had to wear sport coat and tie."
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Buster DeBrunner

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 has viewed his work on KPIX-TV. He was in the news photography business for over 50 years covering world events from World War II. Memorial service will be held at Andersen-Keaton Funeral Home. 7311 College View Drive in Rohnert Park on Friday, March 1 at 6pm. Funeral home's phone number is . Donations maybe made in Buster's name to: Hospice of Petaluma under the direction of Andersen-Keaton Funeral home. Please send any notes to: DeBrunner 5713 Dorian Drive Rohnert Park, CA 94829 (707) 584-8021

Sports Photographer Mickey Pfleger

 

Mickey Pfleger and his son Tai, left, at the 49ers vs Saints game on 12/10/00 at 3 Com park in San Francisco. Photo by Brad Mangin
Mickey Pfleger and his son Tai, left, at the 49ers vs Saints game on 12/10/00 at 3 Com park in San Francisco. Photo by Brad Mangin

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 you would like to contact his family,
Tai Pfleger (Mickey's son)

 

 

 

 

Former Contra Costa Times Director of Photography Bob Sibilia

Former Contra Costa Times Director of Photography Bob Sibilia passed away December 20, 2010. He was 74.
Former Contra Costa Times Director of Photography Bob Sibilia passed away December 20, 2010. He was 74.

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 a spokesman to academic journalism departments and was always the Times' "Man on the street." He was at the Times until 1985 when he moved over to the sister paper, West County Times, and finished his career at the Times in 1992 before it was sold to Knight-Ridder.

He hired Times photographer Dan Rosenstrauch 36 years ago who remembered, "He hired me while I was working at a gas station. He was a great man and a great friend."

Former Times reporter Russ Yaro said "Bob was bigger than life. When I started at the Times he basically ran the joint. We just followed in his wake. He was one of the people who made me love the newspaper business." Another reporter Kathy Phillips said, "Bob was a combination of genius and crazy." Continue reading "Former Contra Costa Times Director of Photography Bob Sibilia"

SFBAPPA’s oldest Life Member Les Thomsen

One of the last newsreel photographers has died. SFBAPPA's oldest Life Member Les Thomsen passed away on November 8, 2010just two days before his 70th wedding anniversary. He was 97.
One of the last newsreel photographers has died. SFBAPPA's oldest Life Member Les Thomsen passed away on November 8, 2010 just two days before his 70th wedding anniversary. He was 97.

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, World Series, and world record setting track events. His favorite job was being a cinematographer for Walt Disney, filming the opening ceremonies of Disneyland in 1955 and many Mickey Mouse Club newsreel stories. Les traveled the world, filming in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Continue reading "SFBAPPA’s oldest Life Member Les Thomsen"

Former San Francisco Examiner Photo Editor Chris Gulker

Former San Francisco Examiner photo editor Chris Gulker died WednesdayOctober 27th. 2010 at his home in Menlo Park of brain cancer. He was 59.
Former San Francisco Examiner photo editor Chris Gulker died WednesdayOctober 27th. 2010 at his home in Menlo Park of brain cancer. He was 59.

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 MacIntoshes to do color separations and made The Examiner the first major American daily to switch to full-color production using desktop technology.
"In 1994, Gulker's editorial workflow system, dubbed the 'virtual newsroom,' was demonstrated at both Seybold shows and supported the creation of 'a real Internet newspaper that used the Net throughout the process from story and photo solicitation to delivery.' The system provided the publishing infrastructure for The Gate, the online newspaper jointly operated by the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle…" Continue reading "Former San Francisco Examiner Photo Editor Chris Gulker"