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Born: Joseph Roger O’Donnell 
Dates:  1922, 7 May - 2007, 9/10 August
Born:  US, PA, Johnstown
Died:  US, TN, Nashville
Active:  US
 
  
WARNING - Sept 4, 2007
Following the "The Bizarre Story of Joe O'Donnell" article posted on the digitaljournalist.org website (Aug 2007) by respected photo-historian Marianne Fulton we have to question everything written about this photographer including his obituaries. On Sept 15, 2007 The New York Times published an article "Known for Famous Photos, Not All of Them His" that further explained the case.
 
The piece below is historical in the sense that it is what he claimed rather than factually accurate and researchers need to check everything.
 
An American photographer whose work is famous while his name remains largely unknown. As a U.S. government employee, his photographs did not carry a personal credit line. During WWII, O'Donnell was a Marine Corps photographer who pictured the Allied leaders at the Tehran Conference in 1943 and immediately following the war was one of the first to photograph the aftermath of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. Later, as a U.S. Information Agency photographer who often covered the White House, he took many familiar shots during the administrations of Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, with what is probably his best-known photograph depicting John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father's coffin. (Included on Luminous-Lint and based on original obituaries.)

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