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Marty Lederhandler, longtime AP photographer, dies

Marty Lederhandler, an Associated Press photographer who captured on film every U.S. president from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton, covered the D-Day landing in 1944 and climaxed a 66-year career with an iconic shot of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, has died. He was 92.

Lederhandler died Thursday at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J., said his companion, Sheila Barkow. He had suffered a stroke Feb. 17. He retired from AP in 2001, saying he wanted to "give someone else a chance to do the things I've done."

For more than six decades, the New York City native covered every kind of news and chalked up a roster of celebrity subjects.

"Whether you knew his name or not, you probably knew many of Marty's photos, because he brought us all up close to the presidents, world leaders and legendary personalities who shaped history," said Tom Curley, AP president and chief executive.

His other subjects were a panorama of the 20th century's proud and profane - including every New York mayor from Fiorello LaGuardia to Rudy Giuliani; Eleanor Roosevelt; Elizabeth Taylor; Muhammad Ali; Gen. Douglas MacArthur; convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg; Groucho Marx; Malcolm X; Yasser Arafat; Nelson Mandela; and Frank Sinatra.

He joined AP in 1936 and on retirement in late 2001 held the news cooperative's record for longevity on the job. His career spanned the history of modern news photography from cumbersome large-format cameras to high-speed and color film, into the digital age.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Lederhandler shot photos of the twin towers ablaze in the distance from the top of the GE tower with the Empire State Building in the foreground. He said later the experience had spurred his decision to retire at age 84.

Besides Barkow, survivors include his brother Sol and sister-in-law Jacqueline, as well as another sister-in-law, Ruth. A funeral is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today at the Gutterman and Musicant Funeral Home in Hackensack. - AP

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