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Isabelle Caro, model who suffered from anorexia, dies at 28

Isabelle Caro, a French actress and model whose emaciated image appeared in a shock Italian ad campaign and whose anorexia and career were followed by others suffering from eating disorders, has died at 28. Caro died Nov. 17 after returning to France from a job in Tokyo, her longtime acting instructor, Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, said Wednesday.

Dubreuil-Prevot said she did not know the cause of death but that Caro "had been sick for a long time," referring to her anorexia.

Caro was featured in an ad campaign by Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani in 2007 for an Italian fashion house. Under the headline "No Anorexia," images across newspapers and billboards showed Caro naked, vertebrae and facial bones protruding. (A billboard from the campaign can be seen at the end of this post, after the jump. Note, though, that the image may disturb some readers.)

In later interviews, she said she weighed about 59 pounds when the photos were taken.

Caro said on her blog and in interviews that she had suffered from anorexia since she was 13. She wrote a book published in France in 2008 titled "The Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Get Fat."

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One year ago: Charis Wilson

Charis Wilson was a writer and model who for 10 years worked closely with Edward Weston, the famed art photographer and her husband. She died one year ago at age 95.

A free spirit who took up with Weston when she was 20 and he was 48, Charis (pronounced CARE-ess) Wilson posed for a number of his photographs, many of them nudes, but her involvement with his career went far beyond modeling. Wilson edited articles on photography by Weston and traveled extensively with him for his work.

One of these trips involved the making of the book "California and the West" (1940), which features nearly 100 photos of Western landscapes captured by Weston and described by Wilson.

The 28-year age difference between Wilson and Weston gave their romance "a Bohemian, May to December quality," photography dealer and historian Stephen White said in a 2007 interview with the Los Angeles Times. "Charis brought an essence of youth, when Weston was starting to wear out."

Their love dulled after a decade, however, and Wilson left Weston in 1945, divorcing a year later. She remarried and had children with Noel Harris, a labor activist who lived in Eureka, Calif. That marriage also ended in divorce.

Wilson wrote to Weston throughout her life despite their separation. At his request, she brought her children to see him just a few years before his death. She published a memoir in 1998 entitled "Through Another Lens: My Years With Edward Weston."

For more on the work Wilson and Weston produced, read Charis Wilson's obituary by former Times staff writer Mary Rourke.

-- Michael Farr

One year ago: Roy DeCarava

Decavera Roy DeCarava, an art photographer and photojournalist, was famous for his powerful, everyday-life shots of African Americans living in Harlem. He died one year ago at age 89.

DeCarava captured spontaneous moments using a small, 35-millimeter camera that allowed him freedom to roam. He was well-known for his candid shots of musicians -- many of them taken in smoky clubs using only available light. Shadow and darkness became hallmarks of DeCarava's style.

DeCarava's first major exhibit was at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego in 1986. Ten years later, he was the subject of a one-man exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

"Roy was one of the all-time great photographers," Arthur Ollman, founding director of the San Diego museum, said in 2005. "His photographs provided a vision of African American life that members of the white fine art photography establishment could not have accessed on their own."

While art photography was his passion, DeCarava often earned his living as a freelance photojournalist. He shot for media outlets such as Newsweek, Life and Sports Illustrated throughout his career. Also, in the 1960s, he began teaching, first at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, and at Hunter College starting in 1975.

For more on the photographer who shook up the mid-20th century art establishment, read Roy DeCarava's obituary by The Times, and see a photo gallery of his work.

-- Michael Farr

Photo: Roy DeCarava in 1996. Credit: Mitsu Yasukawa / For The Times

One year ago: Irving Penn


Irving Penn, who died one year ago at age 92, was one of the first commercial photographers to cross the chasm that separated commercial and art photography.

Penn, who began his work in the 1940s, had a "less is more" style that he applied to all his subjects -- models, cigarette butts, designer dresses. He isolated his subject against a plain backdrop, allowing for scarcely a prop and building a work of graphic perfection through his printing process.

Critics considered the results to be icons, not just images, each one greater than the person or object in the frame.

His most familiar photographs are the cosmetics ads he shot for Clinique that have appeared in magazines since 1968. Each image is a balancing act of face-cream jars, astringent bottles and bars of soap that threatens to collapse.

His work has appeared at New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he shot more than 150 covers for Vogue magazine.

"His approach was never obvious," Phyllis Posnick, who collaborated with Penn at Vogue, told The Times. "He would make us go further and dig deeper and look beyond the obvious solution to a photograph to find something that was unique. He had a great wit, and you see some of that in his pictures."

Penn's brother, the noted director Arthur Penn, whose films included "Bonnie and Clyde," died last month.

For more on the famous photographer, read Irving Penn's obituary by The Times. Also, see a photo gallery of his work.

-- Michael Farr

Photo: Irving Penn in a 1943 self-portrait.

One year ago: Walter Cronkite

For two generations of Americans, one man was the epitome of broadcast news: Walter Cronkite, who died one year ago. The CBS anchor -- with his steady baritone voice -- informed, guided and reassured the nation through the tumultuous 1960s and '70s. He was widely regarded as the most trusted man in America.

Cronkite aimed for a straightforward, objective news delivery style. He rarely showed emotion, but when he did, it was a national moment. Images of him tearing up at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and chanting "Go baby, go!" as Apollo 11 lifted off for the moon are burned into the nation's memory.

After a rare moment of commentary in which Cronkite declared the Vietnam war unwinnable, President Lyndon Johnson reportedly turned to an aided and said, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America." Many observers speculated that this was a major reason Johnson decided not to run for a second term -- and offered to negotiate with the North Vietnamese.

Cronkite was so prominent in American life, that it is from his role covering political conventions that the term "anchorman" was born -- a testament to his central role in the broadcasts.

When Cronkite famously signed off the news with "And that's the way it is," many Americans believed him.

"Walter was truly the father of television news," Morley Safer, a correspondent for CBS' "60 Minutes," said in a statement. "The trust that viewers placed in him was based on the recognition of his fairness, honesty and strict objectivity."

For more about the famed anchorman, read Walter Cronkite's obituary by The Times.

-- Michael Farr

Photo: Walter Cronkite. Credit: CBS

One year ago: Julius Shulman


One can hardly talk about mid-20th century Modernist architecture without mentioning Julius Shulman, a photographer whose work was found in just about every book published on Modernist architects. He died one year ago.

Beyond just making good pictures, Shulman had an overarching vision for his work: build the reputation of the architects who were bringing innovative design to the West.

Shulman's roster of clients contained many of the big names pioneering contemporary architecture, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolf M. Schindler. After the Depression, Shulman's studio was one of three in the United States to which Arts & Architecture, Architectural Forum and other magazines turned to document the exciting new work being done in architecture.

It was a photo taken at sunset May 9, 1960, of the famous Case Study House No. 22 in the Hollywood Hills that earned him the most fame. The black-and-white photograph is taken from outside the cantilevered house, shooting through glass walls to the grid of sparkling city lights below. Largely due to Shulman's photo, the house is now one of the most photographed in the world.

"He has a sense of visual bravura of composition," wrote the late Robert Sobieszek, photography curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "so that he can take a rather mundane house and make it look exciting, and take a spectacular house and make it look triply spectacular."

For more on the famous photographer of architecture who worked well into his 90s, read Julius Shulman's obituary by The Times.

--Michael Farr

Photo: Julius Shulman. Credit: Los Angeles Times

Photographer Bill Hudson, who documented civil rights era, dies at 77 [Updated]

Bill Hudson, an Associated Press photographer whose searing images of the civil rights era documented police brutality and galvanized the public, died Thursday of congestive heart failure in Florida, according to his wife, the former Patricia Gantert. He was 77.

Hudson's most enduring image is of police turning their dogs loose on civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963.

Hudson also worked for United Press International and several newspapers.

[update 4:30 p.m.] Click here to see the photo as it appeared in The Times on May 4, 1963.

More later at

-- Associated Press

Top photo: Sheriff Bull Connor's officers with dogs attacking demonstrators in Birmingham, Ala., in May 1963. Credit: Bill Hudson / Associated Press

Bottom photo: Associated Press staff photographers Horace Cort, left, of Atlanta and Bill Hudson of Memphis pose in Birmingham, Ala., on May 13, 1963, at the scene of a bombing that set off rioting in the city's black neighborhoods. Credit: Associated Press


Looking back at Alfred Shaheen


Next week the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is opening a retrospective of Shaheen textiles and clothing designed by Alfred Shaheen, a textile manufacturer specializing in aloha prints who died in Torrance in December 2008.

Shaheen, who revolutionized the textile industry in postwar Hawaii, designed a seemingly endless array of shirts, dresses, bathing suits and decorative items, many of which will be displayed in the museum exhibition. The show opens Tuesday and runs until Aug. 8. More information is at the museum website.

Click here to read the news obituary of Alfred Shaheen that appeared in The Times in January 2009. A photo gallery showing selections of his designs is here.

More information about Shaheen's life and work can be found at his website,

-- Claire Noland

Top photo: Alfred Shaheen designed the bright red Hawaiian shirt Elvis Presley wore when he posed for the cover of the "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack in 1961. Credit: Beyond Words Publishing Inc.

Bottom photo: Alfred Shaheen.

Malcolm McLaren: Svengali or superpro?

Punk2 McLaren: Svengali or superpro?

That was the headline in The Times on Jan. 25, 1983, in a profile of Malcolm McLaren written by former Times pop music writer Richard Cromelin, accompanied by this portrait of the music impresario at the Chateau Marmont.

By 1983 the Sex Pistols had been done for years, and McLaren had moved on to working with New York rappers. McLaren, whom Cromelin called "punk's chief propagandist" and a "self-styled subversive," had this to say about the Sex Pistols:

"The Sex Pistols created a tremendous amount of debris, and that was very rewarding. It's like a child who loves to destroy something in order to find out what it's made of. They were like a 5-year-old child -- smash everything. They did fantastic things by demystifying all the pop myth and pop packaging and the supremacy of a rock 'n' roll aristocracy who were basically just plundering black music.

"The problem with the Sex Pistols was that they just weren't able to construct something from the debris."

Click here to read the rest of the story as it appeared in the Times in 1983.

And click here to read the news obituary of McLaren.

-- Claire Noland

Photo: Malcolm McLaren at the Chateau Marmont in January 1983. Credit: Los Angeles Times

Malcolm McLaren, Sex Pistols manager and self-promoter of punk, dies at 64 [Updated]


Malcolm McLaren, who helped introduce the world to the Sex Pistols as the punk band's manager, died Thursday, his manager told the Associated Press. McLaren, 64, had been battling cancer. He and his former girlfriend, British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, also brought the punk look to the streets of London and around the globe.

McLaren got people to notice him, one way or the other. As Times pop music editor Randall Roberts notes at the Pop and Hiss blog, "When Johnny Rotten uttered the famous final words of the Pistols' career, 'Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?' he was directing his ire at McLaren."

A full obituary will appear later at

-- Claire Noland

Photo: During a 1978 news conference in Rio de Janeiro, Malcolm McLaren, manager of the British rock group the Sex Pistols, stands behind, from left, band member Steve Jones, actor James Jeter, band member Paul Cook and Great Train Robbery criminal Ronnie Biggs. Credit: Associated Press. [For the record, April 9, 11:35 a.m.: An earlier version of this post gave incorrect identifications for the people in the photo.]

Remains found in Cambodia may be those of Errol Flynn's son, Sean


Forensic tests will be conducted on what two searchers believe are the remains of photographer Sean Flynn, son of Hollywood star Errol Flynn, who disappeared during the Cambodian War 40 years ago, the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh said this week.

At least 37 journalists were killed or are listed as missing from the 1970-75 war, which pitted the U.S.-backed Lon Nol government against the North Vietnamese-supported Khmer Rouge.

A number of journalists were known to have been captured by the Khmer Rouge and probably executed.

U.S. Embassy spokesman John Johnson said that Australian David MacMillan and Briton Keith Rotheram handed over the remains Friday, and they were sent to the Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC, which deals with accounting for missing Americans from past wars.

"Obviously there is nothing conclusive and tests need to be conducted," Johnson said. "Each case is different, so it is difficult to speculate on how long the analysis may take."

The search for Sean Flynn and a close friend, Dana Stone, began not long after their disappearance in the province of Kampong Cham in 1970, notably by a colleague and Vietnam War-era photographer Tim Page.

Freelance "bone hunters" have also taken up the search for both missing journalists and U.S. servicemen listed as missing in Indochina. Some proved to be swindlers who demanded money from grieving families of the missing.

Flynn "Over the years a number of us have tried to resolve the fate of our mates. Not only have fellow media been on this quest, but officials from the U.S., Japan and France," Page wrote in an e-mail to friends last week.

Page, who urged the duo to turn over the remains to U.S. authorities, also expressed concern over how MacMillan and Rotheram allegedly conducted their search.

"It was not a forensic dig: They used an excavator and uncovered a full set of remains, which they removed from the site," Page said. He noted that nine foreigners, mostly journalists, were thought to have been held in the same area as the excavation at the time of Flynn’s disappearance.

Page said the MacMillan and Rotheram excavation was carried out in March while in January, JPAC conducted an excavation in the same province in search of a U.S. pilot who was shot down and then killed, according to Um Sam An, a senior provincial police official.

Flynn, an actor who turned to photojournalism, covered the wars in Vietnam and Cambodia before his capture at age 28. Several documentary films and books, including "Two of the Missing," have appeared about Flynn and colleagues who suffered the same fate.

His Australian-born father was a leading star in romantic and swashbuckling films of the 1930s.

-- Associated Press

Top photo: Sean Flynn working as a photojournalist in Vietnam in 1968. Credit: Dana Stone / Associated Press. Bottom photo: Sean Flynn fishing with his father, Errol, at Lake Mead in Nevada in 1951. Credit: STF / AFP / Getty Images

AP photographer Marty Lederhandler dies at 92


Marty Lederhandler, an Associated Press photographer who captured on film every U.S. president from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton, covered the D-Day landing in 1944 and climaxed a 66-year career with an iconic shot of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, has died. He was 92.

Marty Lederhandler died Thursday at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J., said his companion, Sheila Barkow. He had suffered a stroke Feb. 17. He retired from AP in 2001, saying he wanted to "give someone else a chance to do the things I’ve done."

Over more than six decades, the New York City native covered every kind of news and chalked up a roster of celebrity subjects perhaps unmatched by any other lensman of his time.

"Whether you knew his name or not, you probably knew many of Marty’s photos, because he brought us all up close to the presidents, world leaders and legendary personalities who shaped history," said Tom Curley, AP president and chief executive. "We are forever indebted to Marty. He was the consummate professional and a beloved colleague for so many years, whose keen eye for the right moment and the revealing image helped AP to document history for news audiences around the world."

Among his favorites, he told an interviewer in 2001, were Marilyn Monroe in husband Arthur Miller’s Manhattan apartment and Winston Churchill in financier and presidential adviser Bernard Baruch’s.

Churchill had just returned from delivering his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Fulton, Mo., Lederhandler recalled. "As I knelt in front of his chair for the shot, Churchill growled, ’Don’t shoot till you see the whites of their eyes.’"

His other subjects over the years were a panorama of the 20th century’s proud and profane — every New York mayor from Fiorello LaGuardia to Rudy Giuliani; Haile Selassie; Eleanor Roosevelt; Queen Elizabeth II; Elizabeth Taylor; Sophia Loren; heavyweight champs Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali; Gen. Douglas MacArthur; gangster Frank Costello; convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg; bank robber Willie Sutton; Bertrand Russell; Aristotle Onassis; Groucho Marx; Malcolm X; Anwar Sadat; Yasser Arafat; Nelson Mandela; Frank Sinatra; the Beatles; and Luciano Pavarotti.

When asked, Lederhandler had stories about most of them.

Many world figures were photographed at the United Nations, which Lederhandler covered on a regular basis.

"Without his consummate skill and untiring professionalism, many great moments in the history of the United Nations would have gone unrecorded," former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a letter to AP.

One occurred at the 15th General Assembly meeting in 1960. Lederhandler happened to be standing beside Fidel Castro when Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev suddenly charged up and wrapped the Cuban leader in a bear hug.

His color camera out of action when his arms were pinned in the sudden crush of bodies, Lederhandler nonetheless was able to capture the moment with his black-and-white camera — and only he got a photo.

Lederhandler told how he missed one of showbiz history’s most famous shots, of Marilyn Monroe standing on a Manhattan subway grate during filming of the movie "The Seven Year Itch."

When Monroe’s skirt suddenly billowed, revealing her lingerie, other photographers caught the instant — but not the AP man, because, he explained ruefully, "I was standing on the wrong side."

Lederhandler was born in New York City on Nov. 23, 1917. He and an older brother, Harry, became interested in photography as teenagers, and both made it a career — Marty with AP and Harry with rival news agency United Press.

He joined AP in 1936 and on retirement in late 2001 held the news cooperative’s record for longevity on the job. His career spanned the history of modern news photography from cumbersome large-format cameras to high-speed and color film, into the digital age.

Two weeks after the German dirigible Hindenburg crashed and burned while landing at Lakehurst, N.J., on May 6, 1937, a packet was delivered to the AP photo desk in Manhattan. Its contents were prints of AP Wirephotos showing Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolf Hess and other top Nazis. The photos had been shipped by the AP Berlin bureau aboard the airship and survived the disaster, though scorched and charred around the edges.

After being spread on a desk and photographed for a story, the pictures were about to be thrown away when junior employee Lederhandler scooped them up and took them home. In 1998, he gave them back to the AP, which made an unexpected centerpiece for the news agency’s century-and-a-half birthday observance.

Drafted into the Army in 1940, he became an officer and on June 6, 1944, led his Signal Corps camera team ashore with the 4th Infantry Division at Utah Beach, toting two carrier pigeons along with his camera gear.

But when he attached film canisters for the pigeons to return across the Channel to England, the second one, evidently confused, flew inland instead.

A month later, U.S. troops capturing Cherbourg found a German army newspaper left by fleeing Germans with one of the photos on Page 1, duly credited to "U.S.A. reporter, Lt. Lederhandler."

Always resourceful, Lederhandler once paid $10 to a hotel photographer to take a group shot at a closed-to-the press aviation industry dinner, and from that was able to enlarge an image of the camera-shy Charles Lindbergh.

And when New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and his bride, Happy, honeymooned in Venezuela in 1963, Lederhandler bypassed the airport departure; instead he bought a ticket on the Pan Am flight and wound up as an extra guest at the Rockefeller ranch, airmailing exclusive pictures back to New York.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Lederhandler was at the AP office in Rockefeller Plaza when terrorists crashed two hijacked jetliners into the World Trade Center.

He crossed the street, took an elevator to the Rainbow Room restaurant atop the 70-story GE building and shot photos of the twin towers ablaze in the distance with the Empire State Building in the foreground, standing vigil over a chaos-torn city.

The widely published picture appeared on the cover of New York magazine and a best-selling book. Lederhandler said later that the experience had spurred his decision to retire at age 84.

"Marty Lederhandler photographed WWII and 9/11 and a great many things in between. Whether it was a soft photo feature or a hard news story he was the consummate professional and always a true gentleman," said Santiago Lyon, AP director of photography. "He will be truly missed, but his images will live on."

Besides Barkow, survivors include his brother Sol and sister-in-law Jacqueline, as well as another sister-in-law, Ruth.

-- Associated Press

Photos: New York skyline on Sept. 11, 2001. Credit: Marty Lederhandler / Associated Press. Marty Lederhandler in 1998. Credit: Associated Press / Ed Bailey


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