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December 20, 2005

Man dies after photographing A-bomb

From Publisher & Editor...

...the Associated Press distributed an obituary on Sunday, revealing that Air Force Lt. Col. McGovern had died on Wednesday in Laguna Woods, Calif., at the age of 96. The obit said simply that he was "a combat photographer who filmed the aftermath of the atomic bomb detonations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. ... Weeks after the bombs were dropped in August 1945, McGovern began taking photographs that have since appeared in history books, newspapers, television shows and movies."

It also noted that he and several colleagues founded the International Combat Cameramen Association to recognize photographers who risked their lives shooting wars.

But it [sic] his atomic bomb connection that puts him in the history books.

At first I couldn't resist the temptation to do a joke about someone dying after photographing the A-bomb (albeit over half a century later) but then I see that in the story, it becomes clear that the magazine probably should be renamed "Publisher &" since apparently the editor is missing.

Posted by Danny Carlton at December 20, 2005 05:26 AM

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