After a 50-year career, a journalist gets his due

Although a contemporary of such legendary photojournalists as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Alfred EisenstaedtMorris Berman languished in relative obscurity.

Until now.

An exhibit at the West Valley Art Museum in Sun City, Ariz., showcased Berman’s work, which took him around the world and spanned a half-century, much of it at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The show and Berman’s lectures drew crowds to which he was unaccustomed.

“I never thought people would have been interested in these pictures, or that these things would mean that much to anyone else,” Berman told Phoenix New Times reporter Edward Lebow in a recent article.

From documenting the death of Italian fascist Benito Mussolini and covering daily assignments of accident scenes, to portraits of the Beatles and capturing one of Sports Illustrated‘s top 100 sports photographs of all time, Berman’s images form a cross-section of American history.

The 91-year-old photojournalist will deliver another lecture at the museum 26 January 2001.