New photos of Bob Lansdale’s life, as told to us by a family member

Bob Lansdale passed away on Oct. 14 at the age of 83. An original member of Magnum Photos, Lansdale was one of the first practitioners of street photography. His site will feature his most notable works starting this Sunday.

Lansdale was known for capturing subjects from the mob scene in Detroit to factory workers in downtown San Francisco in the 1960s.

He accompanied the civil rights movement in Selma, Ala., and after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., he visited Mississippi a month later to meet Bobby Kennedy’s family. As a former journalist, he also photographed the sacrifices military families in Iraq made to service in the Persian Gulf war.

After retiring from photography, Lansdale became an unofficial resident of the Biscayne National Park, taking time to take and share photos of birds and turtles.

Lansdale is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ruby, his daughter, Nicole, his son, Joseph, and his granddaughter, Alex.


Strikes and beauty highlight powerful collaboration between the Biscayne National Park and photographer Bob Lansdale

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