Nathan H. Shanks, owner of Shanks Photocraft, died January 18 of heart failure at Washington Hospital Center in Washington. He was 80.
Services took place Monday at Witzke Funeral Homes in Columbia.
Mr. Shanks, a Columbia resident since 1981, established Silver Spring Studio Inc. in 1960 and photographed notables such as Jack Benny, Peggy Fleming and Red Skelton.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., he was a professional musician since the age of 16 and played the standards of the 1940s and 1950s on the piano and Hammond organ for Washington audiences in settings such as the Hotel Congressional. Before becoming a full-time photographer, Mr. Shanks balanced music and photography in the 1950s.