Retired KGO photographer Buck Joseph

Retired KGO photographer Buck Joseph, of Walnut Creek, died earlier this month of natural causes. He was 90. Buck, an Emmy Award-winning television news cameraman, retired in 1984 after 20 years with KGO-TV Channel 7 News in San Francisco.
Retired KGO photographer Buck Joseph, of Walnut Creek, died earlier this month of natural causes. He was 90. Buck, an Emmy Award-winning television news cameraman, retired in 1984 after 20 years with KGO-TV Channel 7 News in San Francisco.

Harold A. "Buck" Joseph had a front-row seat to the most tumultuous events in recent Bay Area history. Through the lens of his camera, the ex-Marine and avid ballroom dancer watched the '60s, '70s and '80s unfold, the Black Panthers, the Free Speech Movement, the San Francisco State University sit-ins and two presidential assassination attempts. Continue reading "Retired KGO photographer Buck Joseph"

Bill Crouch

Bill Crouch, who won a Pulitzer Prize for photography while working for The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune, is dead at the age of 82. Crouch, who retired in 1984, died Saturday of cancer at his home in this Sierra Nevada foothills community about 110 miles east of San Francisco, his family said. Crouch joined the newspaper in 1941, left shortly thereafter to serve with the Marines in World War II, then returned in 1945. In 1950, he was off-duty, attending an air show at Oakland International Airport when he snapped the prize-winning picture of the near-miss of an upside-down biplane and a four-engine military aircraft. The Tribune ran his picture, and it was moved around the world by The Associated Press, which entered the shot in the Pulitzer competition that year. Crouch later won a National Press Photographer's award and a number of local awards for his pictures. Crouch was born in Missouri and raised in Colorado before moving to Fresno to finish high school. He went to work for the AP after graduation before taking a job with the Tribune. Crouch is survived by four daughters; a brother; and four grandchildren. A private service was scheduled for Jan. 10 in Placerville.

 

Len Lahman

Portrait of Len and Sharon Vaughn_Lahman at their home in Aptos, California, on April 4, 2008.    (© 2008 Joanne H Lee Photography)
Portrait of Len and Sharon Vaughn_Lahman at their home in Aptos, California, on April 4, 2008. (© 2008 Joanne H Lee Photography)

Former San Jose Mercury News photographer Len Vaughn-Lahman lost his battle with cancer on Friday, July 10 after fighting for more than a year. Vaughn-Lahman, 55, died at his home in Aptos.

He joined the Mercury News in 1981, after stints at the Arizona Daily Star, where he was the chief photographer preceded by staff photography positions with the Los Angeles Times, Columbia (Missouri) Daily Star, the St. Petersburg Times (as an intern) and National Geographic Magazine (also as an intern).

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Jeff Carlick

Freelance photographer Jeff Carlick, 50, died in his sleep during a nap on his couch on Thursday, May 7. He is well-known as a sports photographer shooting mostly professional and youth sports.
Freelance photographer Jeff Carlick, 50, died in his sleep during a nap on his couch on Thursday, May 7. He is well-known as a sports photographer shooting mostly professional and youth sports.

His pictures have been published in a variety of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, The Sporting News, Sport, Inside Sports and Street & Smith baseball and football annuals. His clients include Bloomberg Business Reports, the XFL and the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League as well as corporate clients Vantage Point Venture Partners, Watershed, Nortel, Cooper Interation Design, Epoch Partners and others.

Jeff was born in Washington DC. Learned photography at Cal State Fullerton. He started as a writer and photographer at several newspapers in Southern California. He also mentored several college student in photography. More info on Jeff from his web site: www.carlickphotography.com

He was also heavily into ceramics. More info on his ceramics: www.claybycarlick.com

A Jeff Carlick farewell birthday party has been planned on Saturday, May 16 at 5 pm. This is also the date of his 51th birthday. The party is at gallery Carlick displayed his work and where he also worked press liason for the gallery. Please RSVP to either his brother or sister if you are coming.

Instead of flowers, please make a donation to the gallery by purchasing one of Jeff's ceramics. 100 per cent will go back to the gallery.

Where: The Main Gallery
Address: 1018 Main Street, Redwood City
Gallery phone: 650-701-1018
Gallery web site: http://www.themaingallery.org/
RSVP to Jeff's siblings: Sue Cooper: sue@cooper.com or David Carlick: ping@davidcarlick.com

If you can't make it and/or would like to send the family a note, please send to:
Sue Cooper (Jeff's sister)
385 Westridge drive
Portola Valley, CA 94028

Angela Pancrazio

Former Oakland Tribune staff photographer Angela Pancrazio died last Thursday from complications related to an aggressive form of brain cancer. She was 51 years old.

Pancrazio won the Pulitzer Prize as a member of the photo staff of the Oakland Tribune for her work covering the Bay Area earthquake on Oct. 17, 1989.

She joined the Arizona Republic in 1999 after working at the Portland Oregonian, San Jose Mercury News and the Tribune.

Joe Swan

Joe Swan, former San Jose State University photojournalism professor, died Sunday, March 9 of kidney failure. He was 78 years old.

Swan was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in his early 40s. Within the last year he had both legs amputated and had been on dialysis because of complications from diabetes. According to Swan's daughter Debbie Gorman, Swan elected to stop dialysis about a month ago.

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Jack Fields

Retired freelance magazine photographer Jack Fields, a mentor and friend to many Bay Area photojournalists and writers, died of heart failure on December 13 at his Placerville home. He was 87. No services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy. Condolences may be sent to Dorothy Fields, 6021 Golden Center Dr., Placerville, CA 95667-6222. Dorothy Fields' phone number is (530) 622-1772.
Retired freelance magazine photographer Jack Fields, a mentor and friend to many Bay Area photojournalists and writers, died of heart failure on December 13 at his Placerville home. He was 87. No services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy. Condolences may be sent to Dorothy Fields, 6021 Golden Center Dr., Placerville, CA 95667-6222. Dorothy Fields' phone number is (530) 622-1772.

Fields served for three years as "Visiting Professor" at SJSU in the late 1970's. While at SJSU he pioneered what he called a "no-nonsense" approach to photography, a subject that was often taught as "pure art" at many universities.

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Laurence “Larry” Craig

Retired KRON chief photographer Laurence “Larry” Craig died in late July after a long illness. He was 73.

Craig mentored retired KRON photographer Joe Aquilina. Aquilina said, "I had to give up my film camera and start shooting with the beast RCA-TK76 (early video tape camera). Larry had to carry the record deck, attached to my camera with an umbilical cord, while teaching me the ins and outs of the camera at the same time. He was the pro when it came to ENG and made my transition from film to video that much smoother. Larry would sympathize when I would complain about the new camera and losing the freedom of just shooting news without having someone tied to me. He knew that ENG was the future of TV news and it was only a matter of time when the equipment would change for the better. Also, I never had to worry about him not paying attention to what was going on around us. That meant he moved when I moved and I never had the viewfinder bang into my eye because of him. Sounds like a simple memory but trust me, it meant a lot at the time. We've lost another one of KRON's pioneers."

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Paul Glines

Former San Francisco Examiner photographer Paul Glines, 71, died suddenly Thursday morning of a heart attack while driving near his home in Matawan, New Jersey. In the turbulent 1960s, Glines headed west to California, where he was hired as a staff photographer for the San Francisco Examiner.

Glines landed his first job as a photographer for the Union-Leader in Manchester, N.H. ''He got a book at the library on how to take pictures and develop film, and he went to the newspaper and said he could be a photographer," Glines' wife, Sara Glines said. It worked, and he was off and running on a career that would span five decades.
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Arthur Frisch

The beloved Chronicle photographer who rose from copy boy to become deputy chief photographer and who was known for his professionalism and his good humor, has died. Frisch died Jan. 10, 2008 in a Walnut Creek board and care facility after a long illness. He was 89.

He was a gentleman who, even when covering the most tragic or dramatic story, never lost his composure or his poise. "Art was a cool guy," said Chronicle photographer Fred Larson. "He was old school, and a pleasure to work for. When Art put an assignment in your hand, you went and did it on the spot. He expected you to run out the door. You better not finish your lunch first."

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