By: Jim Rosenberg
Former New Jersey Photographer of the Year and veteran of The Star-Ledger Frank DiGiacomo died Dec. 29. Shooting freelance since retiring in 2000, DiGiacomo spent most of his 20 years as the Newark-based regional paper’s Trenton Bureau photographer.
According to an account in the Star-Ledger, DiGiacomo was wounded while serving as a combat photographer in the Korean War. He eventually took up the camera again, working for Camden’s Catholic Star Herald and Courier-Post and the Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times (where his wife, Marlene, is a journalist), before joining an agency that supplied news photos to the Star-Ledger.
Former New Jersey Governor Jim Florio told the Star-Ledger that DiGiacomo not only was “”diligent”” and “”energetic,”” but also “”always very kind, even when times were difficult.”” Similarly, the paper quoted Governor James E. McGreevey calling DiGiacomo “”just a decent, kind human being in a profession which frequently has sharp elbows.””