Other Notable Deaths


December 09, 2007


Award-winning photographer

Arnold Hardy, an amateur photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize for his gripping 1946 photo of a woman falling from a burning hotel, died Wednesday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications from hip surgery, according to A.S. Turner & Sons funeral home.

He died just two days before the 61st anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1946, fire at Atlanta's Winecoff Hotel - a disaster that killed 119 people, more than any other hotel fire in U.S. history.

Mr. Hardy was a 24-year-old Georgia Tech graduate student and amateur photographer when he took the photo. After developing the photo, he sold it to the Associated Press for $300, and it became the defining image of the fire.

Mr. Hardy later turned down a job with the Associated Press, instead founding an X-ray equipment business. He told a newspaper in 2000 that the only pictures he took were of family and vacations.

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