EUGENE, Ore. — Brian Lanker, who won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 1973, has died at his Eugene home. He was 63.
The Register-Guard newspaper, where he worked as director of graphics from 1974 to 1982, said Mr. Lanker died Sunday, 10 days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Lanker won the Pulitzer for a black-and-white photo essay on childbirth, exemplified by his photograph, “Moment of Life,’’ which featured his future wife, Lynda. He was with The Topeka Capital-Journal at the time.
He was a nationally known photojournalist whose work appeared in Life Magazine and Sports Illustrated, as well as book projects. Those included “I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America’’ and the more recent “Track Town, USA.’’
“Brian was a master craftsman who didn’t need words to communicate,’’ said the Register-Guard’s editor and publisher, Tony Baker. “His camera work alone made for extraordinary storytelling. He was a consummate professional, always prepared when on assignment for the paper. He was a big personality with a big-picture view of life and of his craft. Brian made everyone around him better.’’
Mr. Lanker’s son, Dustin, said he and his sister, Julie Coburn, moved up their weddings to last week so their father could attend.
Mr. Lanker also leaves his wife and another daughter, Jacki Coburn.