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Florida Photographer Dies

Photograph of one utility worker saving the life of another.

Photograph of one utility worker saving the life of another.

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.

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