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Kathy Willens

Kathy Willens (Photographer.  Born, Detroit, MI, Dec. 8, 1949.)  Starting as a freelancer for suburban newspapers in the Detroit area, Kathy Ann Willens has become one of the most honored Associated Press photographers both in and out of sports.  Willens has traveled extensively for the A.P., in Latin America, the Caribbean, and world hot spots such as Somalia, as well as shooting major sports events.  In 1973, she took a position as a part-time lab technician at the now-defunct Miami Daily News.  Willens earned a staff job at the News when several of her photos (shot on her own time) wound up on Page One.  In 1976, she became one of the A.P.’s first female photographers, joining the Miami bureau.  Willens transferred to New York in 1993, specializing in sports.  She has covered Super Bowls, N.B.A. Finals, the Final Four, five Olympic Games (summer and winter), and six World Series.  Willens, by 2005, had been twice honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame contest, was a three-time winner of the Newswomen’s Club of New York’s “Front Page Award,” won an A.P. Managing Editor’s Award and nine times won categories in the New York Press Photographers’ annual competition.  She has been an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. since 2001.

Lou Requena

Lou Requena (Photographer.  Born, San Juan, PR, Dec. 12, 1919; died, New York, NY, June 20, 2013.)  Starting with his own Pan American Photos in 1958, Louis Requena became a leading baseball photographer for the major wire services.  Requena at first shot for local Spanish newspapers but became a U.P.I. photographer in 1974 and then went to the A.P. in 1982.  He continued to work as a freelancer for the A.P. into his 80s at both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium.  Requena shot other sports, notably N.B.A. basketball, early in his career.

Ray Stubblebine

Ray Stubblebine (Photographer.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, June 16, 1946.)  A versatile photographer who has covered Presidential inaugurations, the Jonestown massacre in Guyana, and even “Iran-scam” hearings, Raymond F. Stubblebine built his reputation primarily in sports.  Stubblebine was with the A.P. for 16 years (1971-87) and Reuters starting in 1989.  He has photographed spring training, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and playoffs in baseball, the N.F.L., the N.B.A., and the N.H.L.  Prior to joining the A.P., Stubblebine was with the Philadelphia Bulletin for three years (1968-71) and with Newsday in 1987.  He twice won the A.P. Managing Editors’ photographer’s performance award (1977 and 1983) and has won more than 65 awards from the New York Press Photographers, including first-place honors some 20 times.

Ernie Sisto

Ernie Sisto (Photographer.  Born, Princeton, NJ, May 5, 1904; died, Grass Valley, CA, Dec. 22, 1989.)  During the majority of his career with The New York Times, Ernest Ludwig Sisto was considered one of the finest photographers in the newspaper field.  Sisto covered 12 national political conventions and such diverse events as a solar eclipse (1954) and a plane crash into the side of the Empire State Building (1945).  But his heart was always in sports, where he covered baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing, and virtually all other major events.  Sisto’s entrance into the then-new area of photography began in 1918 when he was hired by the International News Service as an errand boy.  In 1920, he became a photographer for I.N.S., then one of the major wire services.  Three years later, Sisto moved to The Times, originally as a photo printer in the paper’s darkroom and then as a photographer.  Shortly thereafter, he began to cover sports events such as the World Series.  For more than half-century thereafter, he was a regular at these events.  Most of the top athletes considered Sisto as part of the scenery.

Barton Silverman

Barton Silverman (Photographer.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, September 8, 1942.)  New York Press Photographers’ Association “Photographer of the Year” in 1971, Silverman has been a staff photographer for The New York Times since 1962.  Often considered one of the most creative ever in his craft, Silverman has also worked freelance for Sports Illustrated, Life, and Time magazine, and several local teams, including the Jets and Rangers.  His publishing credits include “Capturing the Moment” and “Seattle Slew,” which were portfolios of Silverman’s work.  He has contributed to more than 100 other books.

Herb Scharfman

Herb Scharfman (Photographer.  Born, Chicago, IL, Aug. 24, 1911; died, Scottsdale, AZ, Feb. 21, 1998.)  Herb Scharfman became one of the best known photographers in sports through his work in the pages of Sports Illustrated, but he actually got his start as a motorcycle messenger for the International News Services’ photo division.  Scharfman joined I.N.S. in 1932 and, during the depths of the Depression, he made a gutsy gamble when he borrowed $100 to purchase a camera.  It was a young man’s gamble that worked.  For nearly a quarter-century, Scharfman was one of I.N.S.’ leading photographers and built a strong reputation in sports in particular.  In June 1958, the I.N.S. operation was virtually discontinued as International News Service was merged into United Press to create the present United Press International.  Scharfman was laid off along with most of the I.N.S. staff.  Scharfman then joined the four-year-old Sports Illustrated, the publication being produced by Time Incorporated, and he quickly became one of its leading lensmen, producing numerous covers in almost all major sports.  He has also had a long-term relationship with the Dodgers and remained an annual visitor to spring training camp at Vero Beach, Fla., for many years.

Harry Harris

Harry Harris (Photographer.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 25, 1913; died, New York, NY, Feb. 12, 2002.)  Unlike many great photographers both in and out of sports, Harry Harris didn’t start out to be a lensman.  He originally trained in the printing trades, but wound up as one of the premier wire service sports photographers in a career at The Associated Press that lasted over a half-century.  While delivering proofs to the old A.P. office on Madison Avenue in 1928, Harris came into contact with some A.P. staffers, who convinced him to take a job with the wire service’s Wall St. Financial Bureau.  Originally, he went around to various exchanges (Cotton, Cocoa, Coffee, etc.) and collected the commodity prices for distribution on the A.P. wires. At the suggestion of his supervisor there, he transferred out of the Wall St. bureau into the photography operation in 1930.  Four years later, he began a one-month trial as a photographer that lasted into the 1980s.  Harris went to Louisville, Kent., as a staff photographer, where he worked his first Kentucky Derby in 1935.  Returning to New York, he did his first World Series in 1937 when the Yankees defeated the New York Giants.  By 1952, he had become a regular spring training photographer for the A.P., his Florida Grapefruit League pictures circulating around the world for over 30 years.  In addition to baseball, Harris covered college football, pro football, basketball, hockey, and boxing, including fights in Zaire, Jamaica, and the infamous Clay-Liston affair at Lewiston, Maine.

Ron Frehm

Ron Frehm (Photographer.  Born, Yonkers, NY, Sept. 21, 1942.)  For nearly 40 years, Ron Frehm was a press photographer concentrating primarily on New York sports.  Frehm spent five years (1964-69) with what was then known as Gannett Westchester Newspapers.  In 1969, he moved to the A.P., and became one of their primary sports photographers, covering the Yankees, Mets, and major boxing at the Garden and Atlantic City (N.J.).  Frehm also covered the World Series, Stanley Cup, and N.B.A. playoffs, and the local N.F.L. teams.  He was honored with more than three dozen awards from the New York Press Photographers.  Frehm officially retired in January 2003, although he returned as a freelancer for major events (like the 2003 World Series).

Dan Farrell

Dan Farrell (Photographer.  Born, Hazelton, PA, Oct. 31, 1930.)  His most famous photo was made at the funeral of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, but Daniel Boyle Farrell was foremost a sports photographer.  After several years of freelancing, Farrell became a staff photographer at the Daily News in 1955.  He worked for the News, the A.P., U.P., The New York Times, and the Long Island Press during his freelance years, but remained at the News nearly 40 years once he became full-time there.  Farrell covered the Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Football Giants, Jets, Islanders, Nets, boxing, and horse racing.  He was honored by the New York Press Photographers, the Headliners, and the Society of the Silurians, among others, and won the Eclipse Award in 1987 for his work in thoroughbred racing.  Farrell produced celebrated photographs of the Jets’ 1969 Super Bowl victory and the 1969 Mets, and was ringside for Frazier-Ali at the Garden in 1971.  But his most famous photo was of a young John Kennedy saluting his father’s coffin after the assassination of the President in 1963.

Paul Bereswill

Paul Bereswill (Photographer.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 1, 1949.)  Though Paul Jacob Bereswill has worked all major sports, he has built a major reputation in hockey, where he did 17 Stanley Cup finals through 2003.  Bereswill was a Sports Illustrated photographer, as a freelancer, from 1979-95, shooting over 350 hockey games and numerous covers on such subjects as Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.  He also worked the 1986 soccer World Cup in Mexico for the magazine.  Bereswill joined the Long Island Press in 1972 and moved to Newsday in 1972, where he remained for over three decades.  He has covered eight Olympics, 15 Super Bowls, and nine World Series among his assignments.  Bereswill was a pool photographer at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, has some 70,000 images in the Hockey Hall of Fame archives, and has done many book and magazine covers, among them Sport and ESPN The Magazine, as well as S.I.

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