Tankman photographer Charlie Cole (64) passed away

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Photographer Charlie Cole, who captured an iconic protest in June 1989 in Tiananmen Square, passed away at the age of 64. The South China Morning Post reports that Friday. 

Tankman photographer Charlie Cole (64) passed away

Photographer Charlie Cole, who captured an iconic protest in June 1989 in Tiananmen Square, passed away at the age of 64. The South China Morning Post reports that Friday.

In 1990, Cole won the World Press Photo of the Year competition with his photo of a protesting man trying to stop a tank. The statue became a symbol for the mass student protests against corruption by the Communist Party. A day before the photo was taken, the demonstrations were cracked down by the Chinese government.

The American Cole was one of the four photographers who captured the man's action. His image, however, was voted World Press Photo of the Year. The always anonymous man was eventually taken by the security service. What exactly happened to him is unknown.

Cole is said to have hidden his film in a toilet after the action to protect it from security services confiscating the footage from its cameras. 

In 2009, in conversation with The New York Times , Cole told his story about the photo in question: "I think his action was closed down everywhere. His character was decisive for the moment, rather than the moment was decisive for his character. He made the image. I was just one of the photographers. And I felt honored to be there. "

Tankman photographer Charlie Cole (64) passed away
Tankman photographer Charlie Cole (64) passed away
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