Passings: Benedict J. Fernandez, Photojournalist and Mentor, Dies at 84

By David Schonauer   Friday March 5, 2021

Benedict J. Fernandez, a professed “photo-anthropologist” who captured the persona of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the fervor of the King era’s protest movements before mentoring a generation of professional photographers, died on Jan. 31 at his home in Oxford, N.Y., notes The New York Times. He was 84. While working as a crane operator in Brooklyn and at the Bethlehem Steel shipyard in Hoboken, N.J., Fernandez photographed fellow workers for a project he called “Riggers.” He got a lucky break when, after giving another photographer some rolls of spare film, the photographer introduced him to Alexey Brodovitch, the renowned art director of Harper’s Bazaar.

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