Cold War Photographer Dies at 82

Burt Glinn, a photojournalist who covered key historic moments of the Cold War while working with the Magnum Photos agency, including Fidel Castro's 1959 march on Havana and Nikita Khrushchev's visit to the United States that year, has died. He was 82.

Glinn, who lived in East Hampton, New York, died on Wednesday, according to Magnum Photos Inc., the international cooperative founded in 1947 by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The cause of Glinn's death was not immediately available.

Glinn began his career with the photo agency in 1951 and became a full member in 1954, going on to cover events in Japan, Russia and Mexico, among other places. The photographer also covered the Sinai War and the U.S. Marine invasion of Lebanon.

A highlight of Glinn's career came on New Year's Eve 1958, when he was in New York and got word that the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista had fled the country and that a ragtag band of revolutionaries led by Castro would be making a triumphant march into Havana.

Glinn figured he'd head down there.

"At seven in the morning I was in Havana at the airport figuring out how to find where this thing was going on," Glinn said in an interview with Magnum Photo on the agency's web site. "You can't just get in a cab and say, 'Take me to the revolution.'"

He was later able to get close enough to Castro to capture images of the rebel in his fatigues as he met supporters in the first days of the country's upheaval.

Glinn's other enormously iconic image pictured the back of Khrushchev's head in front of the Lincoln Memorial during his official visit to Washington in 1959. Glinn called the shot of the Soviet Union's premier a result of "luck" because he was running late.

"If I'd been on time I could have gotten a very ordinary picture of Khrushchev and Henry Cabot Lodge looking at this statue of Lincoln but you couldn't see the statue," he said later.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1925, Glinn served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, studied at Harvard University and worked for Life magazine from 1949 to 1950 before joining Magnum Photos. He won numerous awards for his photography and his work has been widely exhibited, most recently at the Seattle Art Museum.