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The University Magazine

Renowned photographer Bernie Boston '55 dies

Bernie Boston
(Photo by Rich Cooley, Northern Virginia Daily News Week)

Bernie Boston ’55 (photography), noted photojournalist, died Jan. 22, 2008, at age 74.

A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Boston documented stories of national significance while working for The Washington Star and The Los Angeles Times. He served as president of the White House News Photographers Association four times and won the Kodak/White House News Photographers’ Association Achievement Award in 1991. In 1993 he received the National Press Photographers Association Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, the organization’s highest honor.

One of Mr. Boston’s most famous photographs and his personal favorite, Flower Power, shows a young man placing flowers in the barrel of a policeman’s gun during a 1967 war protest at the Pentagon. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1987 for a photograph of Coretta Scott King.

During his student years at RIT, he helped establish a professional photographic fraternity, Delta Lambda Epsilon. He was president of the student body and editor in chief of Reporter.

In 2003, the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences honored Mr. Boston with the Outstanding Alumnus Award. In 2006, RIT presented a retrospective of his work. A companion publication, Bernie Boston: American Photojournalist, was published by the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press. RIT Archive Collections will be the repository of Mr. Boston’s photographic work.

Mr. Boston is survived by his wife, Peggy.