The famous portrait photographer Paul Graham is set to celebrate his 70th birthday next month.
A man who has taken thousands of photographs of the world’s most famous people, including Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali and Pope John Paul II, has died.
Paul Graham, the photographer who captured the iconic portrait of President Ronald Reagan at the 1972 Democratic National Convention, died on Thursday at his home in the US state of Florida.
Graham was born in Miami in 1929, and was raised in New York City, where he earned his BA in English and Drama from Columbia University.
He spent the next four decades working in film and television, including several roles in films including The Manchurian Candidate and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
In 1973, he began a career as a film-maker, and became a regular fixture on television and radio in the 1970s.
He was the director of the documentary film, The Secret History of the CIA, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1977 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1978 for Best Documentary Feature.
He also made documentaries about the rise of the Vietnam War, the Vietnam era, the death of Fidel Castro, the US involvement in Afghanistan and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall.
Graham was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 for his role in creating a “culture of openness, creativity and collaboration”.
He also won the Presidential Gold Medal in 1993 and the Presidential Certificate of Merit in 1996.
Graham’s wife, Nancy, has written two books about their lives and their careers, The Greatest American Photographer: Paul Graham and Nancy Graham and The Best of Paul: Nancy Graham.