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Burt Glinn, 1926-2008


Award-winning photographer Burt Glinn, whose images of Fidel Castro's takeover of Cuba won him international renown, died April 9 at age 82 in Southampton, N.Y., after suffering from kidney failure and pneumonia.

Glinn was born Burton Samuel Glinn in Pittsburgh in 1925 and later served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He earned degrees in history and literature from Harvard University in 1949 and went on to work for Life magazine as a photo assistant from 1949 to 1950.

He became one of the first American members of Magnum Photo in 1951, along with Eve Arnold and Dennis Stock. Glinn later served twice as Magnum's president — in 1972 and again in 1987. He has also served as president of the American Society of Media Photographers.

Glinn's work as a photojournalist allowed him to cover the 1956 Suez-Sinai War and the U.S. Marine invasion of Lebanon in 1958. One of his signature images depicted Nikita Khrushchev during his 1959 visit to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In 1960 he won the Mathew Brady Magazine Photographer of the Year award from the University of Missouri for his coverage of the South Seas for Holiday magazine.

Glinn has done commercial work for Pepsi, Revlon and other major corporations. His images have been seen in Esquire, Geo, Travel + Leisure, Fortune, Life and Paris-Match. He is also known for capturing celebrity images, including Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol.

In 2002, Umbrage Editions published his book "Havana: The Revolutionary Moment," which includes his photos from the 1959 Cuban Revolution as well as images he took in Cuba 40 years later.