Colleagues, journalists remember AP photographer Horst Faas

May 14, 2012
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Horst Faas
NEW YORK -- The death of Horst Faas, legendary Vietnam-era photojournalist for The Associated Press, resonated around the world. The following are but of few of the many tributes to Faas and his work from journalists at The Associated Press and other media organizations:

•    Senior Managing Editor for International News & Photos John Daniszewski recalled his time working with Faas on the BBC World Service’s “Newshour.” Faas “had an ability to recognize powerful images and was not shy about showing the reality of war,” Daniszewski said: He called him a “tremendous mentor” not only to AP staff, but photographers at other agencies.

•    Former AP Photography Director Hal Buell recalled his friend and colleague on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He said Faas “just had this journalist sense of what news was and the photographer's sense of how you tell that story in pictures.”

•    A number of media outlets showcased his work, including’s PhotoBlog (, The New York Times Lens Blog (, The Washington Post Style section (, the British Journal of Photography ( and El Pais (

•    Lens Blog also featured a personal essay by Faas’ longtime friend and AP colleague, Richard Pyle:

•    Photo District News quoted a statement from AP Photo Director Santiago Lyon: “Horst Faas was a giant in the world of photojournalism whose extraordinary commitment to telling difficult stories was unique and remarkable.”

•    BBC News resurrected a July 2007 audio slideshow featuring Faas, Lyon and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty discussing their views on carrying cameras in conflict zones:

•    NPR's "Fresh Air" featured an interview with Faas from 1997. "There were no bad photographers around," Faas told host Terry Gross. "There was nobody who was [in a] second category. There's no room for mediocre talent in situations like this."

•    Director of Commercial Photo Operations Rob Taggart also spoke to Channel 4 News in London and Canada’s CTV News about Faas.

Faas’ obituary and a look at his life and career in pictures are here:

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