Photographer of historyMarty Lederhandler

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A news photographer, Lederhandler worked for the Associated Press for 66 years — the longest tenure of any AP staffer. He covered the D-Day landings on Utah Beach, sending his film back by carrier pigeon. He photographed every president from Hoover to Clinton. And, in New York on 9/11/2001, his shot of the burning World Trade Center towers, with the Empire State Building in the foreground, was dubbed one of the top “iconic” photos of the attack. “Whether you knew his name or not, you probably knew many of Marty’s photos,” said AP CEO Tom Curley, “because he brought us all up close to the presidents, world leaders and legendary personalities who shaped history.” It was 9/11 that led Lederhandler to retire, to “give someone else a chance to do the things I’ve done.” He was 84 at the time. He suffered a stroke in February, and died from its complications on March 25. He was 92.

From This is True for 28 March 2010