eorge Silk, a longtime Life magazine photographer known for images that captured both the intimate drama of war and the raw dynamism of sport, died on Saturday in Norwalk, Conn. He was 87 and lived in Westport, Conn.
The cause was congestive heart failure, his family said.
Mr. Silk, who worked for Life from 1943 until it ceased publication in 1972, began his career as a combat photographer in World War II, slogging alongside ordinary soldiers in the North African, European and Pacific theaters.
George Silk (November 17, 1916 - October 23, 2004) was born in New Zealand, and served as a photojournalist for Life for 30 years. Mr. Silk's career as a war photographer began in 1939, when he was a combat cameraman for the Australian government, covering action in the Middle East, North Africa and Greece. Trapped with the famed Desert Rats at Tobruk in Libya, he was captured by German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's forces but escaped 10 days later. He began working for Life in 1943. He photographed many events from World War II. He covered the war on the Italian front, the Allied invasions of France and the Pacific. In New Guinea, Mr. Silk walked 300 miles with Allied forces, an ordeal later described in the book "War in New Guinea." He was with U.S. forces in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and was wounded by a grenade during a river crossing in Germany. His co-worker Will Lang Jr. reported on the Battle of the Bulge and the river crossing. He shot the first pictures of Nagasaki, Japan, after the atomic bomb was dropped, as well as Japanese war criminals awaiting trial in postwar Tokyo. He became a U.S. citizen in 1947. In December 1972, Mr. Silk was in Nepal, shooting an assignment on Himalayan game parks, when he received news that the magazine had folded. According to the 1977 book "That Was the Life," he replied by saying, "Your message . . . badly garbled. Please send one-half million dollars additional expenses." He was named magazine photographer of the year four times by the National Press Photographers Association.
lizjames: If anybody has a link to the Silk family that eventually lived in Blaina Gwent or Monmouthshire, the Silk commission for Welsh Devolution was written by a member of this branch of the family. Sir Paul Silk.
Jul 7, 2017 20:02:36 GMT
daniel walpole silk: Searching for information please
Jun 13, 2017 23:19:15 GMT