Richard Darcey, an award-winning photographer for The Washington Post, died on Sept. 2 of pneumonia. He was 74.
Darcey landed his first job in journalism in 1948 when he was hired as a copy boy for the Washington Times-Herald. Within two years, the newspaper brought him on as a full-time staff photographer.
Darcey had to give up the job during the Korean War to serve the Air Force as a photographer in Greenland. His replacement at the paper was Jacqueline Bouvier, who interviewed Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts. She later became Kennedy’s wife and the First Lady.
When Darcey returned to the states in 1955, he joined The Washington Post. In his three decades at the daily, Darcey shot pictures of every major sport. His images won top awards from the White House Press Photographers Association and appeared in Sports Illustrated, Look and Life magazines.