In Memoriam: Charlie Tasnadi

From the White House News Photographers Association:

    It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our dear friend and long-time colleague Charlie Tasnadi, who passed away the evening of January 10, 2008, while in hospice care in Washington.

    As details are still be finalized, please monitor this page for additional information and funeral arrangements.

    In 1951, Charlie Tasnadi and his sweetheart Maria fled Communist Hungary through treacherous minefields, barbed wire, and heavy snow. “That memory,” Charlie said, “really helped me put a better perspective on deadline pressures.”

    Chivalry, professionalism, and selfless dedication were Tasnadi’s hallmarks.. He carried these values from his first newspaper assignments in Caracas, Venezuela, to his work as a stringer for Time-Life, and through his notable, 32-year career with the Associated Press.

    The epitome of a photojournalist and a gentleman, he documented seven White House administrations, (ending with Clinton) and traveled to Cuba more than 40 times, gaining extraordinary access to Fidel Castro and other Cuban officials.

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