Carlos Schiebeck, a former photo bureau manager for United Press International and Agence France-Presse, has died on November 5, 2017, from esophageal cancer, according to friends. He was in his ‘80s.
Schiebeck began his career in the late 1940s and helped many photographers get their start in news photography.
Photographer Susan Ragan counted Schiebeck as one of her mentors. Early in her career, Schiebeck would push her into unfamiliar assignments to test her, telling her to "Just get out there and do it.”
“I gained confidence and then became a real wire photographer, something quite different from a newspaper photographer,” Ragan said.
Doug Pizac, who was a photographer for The Associated Press for more than 30 years, called Schiebeck “a great force in the wire service photography business.” As a photographer, Schiebeck covered Latin America, the Oscars ceremonies, numerous sporting events and reportedly ten nuclear bomb testing events in the Nevada desert.
In 1968, Schiebeck was named a UPI bureau chief in Los Angeles and, in 1984, he joined AFP to run photo operations for the west coast in the U.S. He retired in 1995.
Friends interested in details for arrangements or contacting Schiebeck’s family can contact Susan Ragan at [email protected].