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Ben Martin

Ben Martin

Ben Martin was TIME Magazine’s first New York Bureau staff photographer covering wars, fashion, politics, arts, business, and sports for TIME, Life, Fortune, People, and Sports Illustrated for thirty-three years. He immortalized evocative images that defined the 1960’s such as Richard M. Nixon’s haggard 5 o’clock shadow, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march to Montgomery, Alabama, and John F. Kennedy’s grieving widow and children.

He was born Benjamin Rush Martin III in Salisbury, North Carolina September 16, 1930. He attended Ohio University, where he majored in journalism and photography. He passed away on February 10, 2017, at age 86.