News Photographer Charlie McCarty Dies

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(AP) Charlie McCarty, an innovative American photographer who worked for the Reuters and United Press news agencies, has died in Belgium. He was 88.

McCarty, widely praised for discovering and training promising young photo journalists, died at his home near Brussels on Monday, Reuters said in a statement. The cause of death was not given.

“”McCarty over the years probably produced more good news photographers than anyone I can think of,”” said former Time magazine senior White House photographer Dirk Halstead, who considered McCarty his mentor as a young journalist.

McCarty joined Reuters in 1984 and was the driving force behind its entry into the news pictures business early the next year.

After working with the U.S. Army signal corps during World War II, he joined ACME, the forerunner of United Press news agency, working as a staff news photographer in San Francisco.

In the early 1950’s McCarty moved to Dallas with United Press, becoming its southwest division news photos editor.

In the 1960s, McCarty became the assistant general manager for United Press International at its New York headquarters, then moved to Brussels in 1972 to head photo operations at UPI’s newly opened headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Mal Langsdon, a chief Reuters photographer and another McCarty protege, said McCarty took him under his wing when he started with UPI at 18 years old.

“”Despite my youth and brashness, he invested more time and effort into kicking me into shape than one could ever hope from a top journalism school,”” he said.

When Reuters bought UPI’s international photo service in 1985, McCarty turned it into the Reuters News Pictures Service.

McCarty, who retired in the early 1990’s, was recently awarded the John Durniak Mentor Award.

He is survived by his daughter Pat.

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