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Subject: [Leica] Sal DiMarco
From: joelct at (joelct)
Date: Thu Jun 17 00:55:22 2004
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Well done Jim and thank you for representing those who cannot be there in 

Joseph from Singapore

--- Jim Shulman <> wrote:

> To All On the LUG,
> At tonight's viewing I presented all the posted comments on Sal to
> his
> surviving brother, Joe. The folder was nearly an inch thick--there
> was no
> shortage of comments from that various web groups.   Joe was very,
> very
> touched (and rather surprised) that Sal had so many friends,
> admirers, and
> well-wishers around the globe.
> The following are the obituary notices from today's Philadelphia
> Inquirer
> and Philadelphia Daily News
> Jim Shulman
> Bryn Mawr, PA
> Posted on Wed, Jun. 16, 2004 
> Salvatore C. DiMarco Jr. | Photojournalist, 57
> Salvatore C. DiMarco Jr., 57, a photo editor at the Philadelphia
> Bulletin
> until it folded in 1982 who later worked for Time magazine and the
> Black
> Star agency and as a free-lancer for major publications, died of
> heart
> disease Friday at home in Drexel Hill.
> Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. DiMarco learned the basics of
> photography at
> his father's photo studio on 52d Street.
> Mr. DiMarco, who graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in
> 1965, began
> working full time at the Bulletin before graduating from Temple
> University
> in 1970 with a journalism degree.
> After college, he took care of his father after the elderly man was
> robbed
> at gunpoint in his studio, suffered several strokes, and couldn't
> work. "My
> brother became the head of the household and took care of me, my
> mother and
> my father," said his brother Joe.
> Mr. DiMarco's award-winning photographs have appeared on the covers
> of
> several magazines, including Life, Time and Boys' Life. Several
> photos of
> his were recently published in the New York Times. And he was one of
> a team
> of photographers who produced coffee-table books on President George
> H.W.
> Bush's inaugural in 1989 and on Pope John Paul II's visit to
> Baltimore in
> 1995.
> "Sal was always a classy guy," said Steve Falk, a photographer with
> the
> Philadelphia Daily News. "His favorite character was James Bond.
> His
> unfulfilled dream was to own an Aston Martin."
> Mr. DiMarco was a longtime member of the Society of Professional
> Journalists
> and accepted an award from the group the night before he died at a
> gala at
> the Downtown Club in Center City.
> There are no survivors besides his brother.
> Friends may visit at 7 tonight and at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Donohue
> Funeral
> Home, 8401 West Chester Pike, with a Funeral Mass tomorrow at St.
> Bernadette
> Church in Drexel Hill. Burial will be private.
> Salvatore DiMarco Jr., photographer
> JON FALK was trying to figure out what to do with the trunk emblem
> for a
> classic 1974 Mercedes.
> He had picked it up, along with some other parts, at a Cherry Hill
> dealer
> for his longtime friend, Sal DiMarco.
> DiMarco had called him on Thursday to ask him to get the parts, but
> Sal died
> unexpectedly Friday, and Falk had the sad task of finding a home for
> them.
> Salvatore C. DiMarco Jr., a busy and well-known free-lance
> photographer
> whose subjects ranged from presidents to popes, prominent movers and
> shakers
> in the business world, entertainers, and ordinary folk in dramatic
> situations, was 57 when he died of a massive stroke. He lived in
> Drexel
> Hill.
> DiMarco was not just a great photographer, he was a generous man who
> had so
> many friends, his phone list, found after his death, was five feet
> long.
> Falk, a retired Daily News picture editor, met Sal when Falk joined
> the old
> Philadelphia Bulletin in 1976. Sal was a photographer there, and
> later
> became chief photographer, running a staff of 30.
> "He was a fun person to work with," Falk said. "He had a very good
> sense of
> humor."
> They kept in touch after the Bulletin closed in 1982, and Sal went
> on to a
> successful career on his own.
> He covered presidents as a certified White House photographer, and
> his
> pictures appeared on the covers of numerous magazines, including
> Time and
> Life. He was a contributing photographer for Time for many years,
> and was
> associated with Black Star, the international photo agency.
> He recently had several photos in the New York Times.
> "He always had good things to say about people," said his younger
> brother,
> Joseph, an engineer in New York. "He was very jovial, always
> laughing. He
> loved to tell jokes.
> "When our father died in 1977, I was 19 and Sal practically raised
> me. He
> helped put me through school."
> Sal was born in Philadelphia to Salvatore and Marie DiMarco. His
> father was
> a commercial photographer and gave Sal his early education in taking
> photos
> and using the dark room.
> He graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, and
> received
> a journalism degree from Temple University.
> He started at the Bulletin in 1967 as a summer intern and was hired
> as a
> full-time photographer after he graduated from Temple.
> After the Bulletin closed, he launched his free-lance career, which
> included
> a number of business firms as clients, such as Allied Signal,
> Bechtel, US
> Sprint, Lucent Technologies, Eastman Kodak Co. and Leica Camera
> Inc.
> In 1989, he was one of a group of photographers commissioned by the
> Presidential Inaugural Committee to produce a picture book of
> President
> George H.W. Bush's inaugural festivities.
> In 1995, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore asked him to be
> part of a
> team of photographers commissioned to produce a coffee-table book on
> Pope
> John Paul II's visit to Baltimore.
> He showed his photographs at the Oskar Barnack Room of the Leica
> Gallery in
> New York City in June 2001.
> Sal enjoyed hanging out with friends from the "old days." He
> belonged to a
> group of former Bulletin staffers who met for lunch every month for
> years at
> various restaurants in the suburbs.
> One of the regulars was Hans Knight, retired feature writer for the
> Bulletin, who commented, "Even if Sal had not been one of the
> country's best
> photojournalists, he would be fondly remembered as a sparkling
> lunch
> companion.
> "Sal could talk like a waterfall, and he knew just about everybody
> in and
> out of the news business. His anecdotes were as sharp as his
> pictures."
> Steve Falk, Daily News photographer, considered Sal his best friend.
> He met
> Sal in the late '70s when Sal was with the Bulletin and Falk was
> trying to
> make it as a free-lance photographer.
> "He took me under his wing," Falk said. "I learned location lighting
> from
> him. He gave me so much."
> When Falk learned about his friend's death on Saturday, he was
> helping
> another photographer set up lighting for a wedding, using knowledge
> he had
> learned from Sal 20 years before.
> "He was a perfectionist," Falk said. "He was always looking for a
> better way
> to do something."
> Sal was godfather to Falk's two children, Michael and Donald, and
> was
> godfather to the children of other friends as well.
> Another member of the luncheon group was Robert Diaz, who was a
> photographer
> for the Bulletin for more than 30 years. "He was such a generous
> friend. If
> you were sick, he would be the first one there.
> "His life was photography. His main conversation was about
> photography and
> photographers."
> Forrest Black, retired Bulletin writer and another member of the
> luncheon
> group, said, "He always had a lot of funny stories, usually about
> famous
> people. He loved to talk."
> DiMarco traveled worldwide on his assignments, and rarely missed
> Photokina,
> the international image and trade fair in Cologne, Germany.
> His brother is his only survivor.
> Services: Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Bernadette's
> Church, 1035
> Turner Ave., Drexel Hill. Friends may call at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the
> Donohue
> Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, and at 9 a.m.
> Thursday.
> Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple.
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