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In memoriam: Photojournalist of Tiananmen’s iconic Tankman passes away in Bali

John MacBeth

The Jakarta Post

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Canggu, Bali  /  Sun, September 15, 2019  /  02:59 pm
In memoriam: Photojournalist of Tiananmen’s iconic Tankman passes away in Bali

Charlie Cole (1955-2019) (-/Robert Tonsing)

American photojournalist Charlie Cole, whose career will always be associated with the iconic photograph of the Tankman, the Chinese office worker confronting a column of tanks during the 1989 Tiananmen Square bloodshed, died in Bali last week. Cole, 64, a Bali resident of more than 15 years, was one of four cameramen who took the same shot with a telephoto lens from a Beijing hotel balcony, but his colleagues believe it was his tight framing of the event that won him the 1989 World Press Photo of the Year award. However, sources familiar with the jury’s deliberations in New Delhi say it was a close call with Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin’s wider shot, including a burned-out bus in the background, originally preferred. It was only after a lunch break and revote that the award went to Cole. Watching the man in a white shirt walk into the middle of...