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Ed Reinke, veteran AP Kentucky photographer, passes away  

Photo by Mark Cornelison

Oct. 19, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Ed Reinke didn't think of his job so much as taking photos, but rather as creating them. When the award-winning Associated Press photographer grabbed his camera and headed out to an assignment, he would tell his colleagues, "I am going to make a picture."

Whether it was Kentucky Derby horses training on a chilly spring morning, a bumblebee hovering near a flower on his beloved farm or a quarterback celebrating a Super Bowl touchdown, the AP photojournalist viewed the world as a series of pictures. His profession was journalism; his gift was telling a story in one frame.

"I saw a picture and went and got my camera," Reinke would often say.

The Associated Press photographer for Kentucky, who traveled the world shooting news and sports images, died late Tuesday, his family said. He had been hospitalized since Oct. 2, when he fell and suffered a head injury while covering the IndyCar race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

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