"Though he was rarely credited by name, Mr. Taub took nearly every official picture of the astronauts who led the nation's early forays into space and played a central role in shaping public perception of NASA's work." From the Washington Post obituary by Emma Brown. He died on February 20th.
New York City welcomes Apollo 11 crewmen. Pictured in the lead car, from the right, are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot. The three astronauts teamed for the first manned lunar landing, on July 20, 1969. Taub's photographs appeared in Life magazine, Look, and National Geographic, among others. Photo by Bill Taub, NASA/washingtonpost.com (Washington Post caption).
TOP reader Terry Manning, Multimedia editor of the Montgomery [Ala.] Advertiser, writes:
Charles Moore died on March 11th.
Mr. Moore worked here for a while during the early years of the Civil Rights Movement. I had the chance to meet him in 2005 when he came to document the 40th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March, better known as Bloody Sunday.
He was a nice man and very down to earth. Nothing in his demeanor betrayed his legendary status. And if I recall correctly, he shot the event in 2005 with a Canon SLR and brought along a point-and-shoot digital because he was wanted photos for keepsakes and so he could shoot video. Even at his age, he was still learning. A real loss.
Charles Moore's book, Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore (U.K. link).
(Thanks to Al Benas and Terry Manning)
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"In those days the parades ran a much longer route than they do today and my father's neighborhood, which is north of City Hall, was all light manufacturing then. (It is NYU territory now). Not many people were on the street. I stood on a step stool and got off three frames from my Nikon F (bought second hand by my father as a gift) as the parade passed by.
"I immediately dropped my Tri-X at Berkey Photo Lab on 13th street for processing. Imagine my dismay when the film came back, perfectly exposed, except for those three frames. They were missing! I never saw them again. My opportunity to shoot for Life, Nat Geo, or Time was crushed (he said tongue in cheek).
"I had a home darkroom shortly thereafter.
"Berkey is out of business, serves them right, and I still have the Nikon."
Featured Comment by Steven Alexander: "I remember how cool Charles Moore was in the most trying circumstances, at Oxford, Miss., when any outsider but especially the press were in real danger of bodily harm, he just quietly did his job and helped other do theirs. It was a pleasure to work around him and as everyone has said he was a gentleman. As a photojournalist his work was clear and to the point, tight and involved. I am so glad to have known him."