Another photographer (Helen Levitt recently died, too) has died at a ripe old age this week.
He’s Rocco Morabito, famous for his candid photograph of one utility lineman saving the life of another. He was 88.
Morabito had been a photographer for the Jacksonville Journal. The photograph of the two linemen were taken as he was on his way back from covering a 1968 railroad strike. Morabito won a Pulitzer Prize for the photograph.
Another photograph that stands out from his 42-year career in photojournalism is a class of children and a rabbit (paws on heart) reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. That photograph was published in Life in 1958.
In World War II, Morabito served as a B-17 ball-turret gunner. Just in case if you were wondering what that is, there’s another guy with a Web page who also served in that position.by