Fred Ward, Larry Spitzer leave behind impressive legacies in photojournalism

Two photographers who both had long careers covering celebrities, politicians and big news events died last week, leaving behind portfolios that were impressive in their depth and priceless in their historic value.

Fred Ward, a National Geographic photographer, died at his home in Malibu, Ca. on July 19, according to an obituary in the Washington Post. Larry Spitzer, who spent his career at the Louisville Courier-Journal, died on July 22. Both men were 81.

Ward’s obituary and a sample of his work, including photos of the Beatle’s first concert in the U.S., can be seen here.

Spitzer’s career, including his work on a Pulitzer-prize-winning project on desegregation in Kentucky, can seen here.

- NPPA staff