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Horst Faas Dead: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Combat Photojournalist Dies At 79

AP  |  Posted: 05/10/2012 5:13 pm Updated: 05/12/2012 1:55 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — In an obituary May 10 for former Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, the AP incorrectly reported that Faas photographed a ski-masked Palestinian terrorist at the Munich Olympic Village building where Israeli athletes were held hostage in 1972. The photo was taken by AP photographer Kurt Strumpf.

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  • Four Photojournalists Killed In Vietnam Honored At The Newsuem

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 3: Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Horst Faas can be seen speaking on a large screen in the lobby of the new Newseum during a ceremony at the Newseum April 3, 2008 in Washington, DC. The ceremony was held to honor four news photographers, Larry Burrows, Henri Huet, Kent Potter and Keisaburo Shimamoto, who were killed in a helicopter crash while covering the Vietnam War in 1971. The photographers remains are now interred at the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum, which honors those who died or were killed while reporting the news. (Photo by Melissa Golden/Getty Images)

  • Four Photojournalists Killed In Vietnam Honored At The Newsuem

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 3: Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Horst Faas speaks during a ceremony at the Newseum April 3, 2008 in Washington, DC. The ceremony was held to honor four news photographers, Larry Burrows, Henri Huet, Kent Potter and Keisaburo Shimamoto, who were killed in a helicopter crash while covering the Vietnam War in 1971. The photographers remains are now interred at the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum, which honors those who died or were killed while reporting the news. (Photo by Melissa Golden/Getty Images)

  • Four Photojournalists Killed In Vietnam Honored At The Newsuem

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 3: Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Horst Faas waits to speak during a ceremony at the Newseum April 3, 2008 in Washington, DC. The ceremony was held to honor four news photographers, Larry Burrows, Henri Huet, Kent Potter and Keisaburo Shimamoto, who were killed in a helicopter crash while covering the Vietnam War in 1971. The photographers remains are now interred at the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum, which honors those who died or were killed while reporting the news. (Photo by Melissa Golden/Getty Images)

  • Four Photojournalists Killed In Vietnam Honored At The Newsuem

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 3: Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Horst Faas speaks during a ceremony at the Newseum April 3, 2008 in Washington, DC. The ceremony was held to honor four news photographers, Larry Burrows, Henri Huet, Kent Potter and Keisaburo Shimamoto, who were killed in a helicopter crash while covering the Vietnam War in 1971. The photographers remains are now interred at the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum, which honors those who died or were killed while reporting the news. (Photo by Melissa Golden/Getty Images)

  • German photographer Horst Faas (L) and V

    HO CHI MINH CITY, VIET NAM: German photographer Horst Faas (L) and Vietnamese American photographer Nick Ut or Huynh Cong both AP Pulitzer winners, walk together during a party held, 28 April 2005 in Ho Chi Minh-City gathering some 100 Vietnam War media veterans on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. AFP PHOTO/HOANG DINH Nam (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

  • German photographer Horst Faas (C) and V

    HO CHI MINH CITY, VIET NAM: German photographer Horst Faas (C) and Vietnamese American photographer Nick Ut or Huynh Cong Ut (R), both AP Pulitzer winners, share a light moment with AP Vietnamese photographer Dinh Dinh Phuoc during a party held, 28 April 2005 in Ho Chi Minh-City gathering some 100 Vietnam War media veterans on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. AFP PHOTO/HOANG DINH Nam (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FILE - In this undated file photo, Associated Press photographer Horst Faas is shown on assignment in South Vietnam. Faas, a prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists in nearly half a century with The Associated Press, died Thursday May 10, 2012. He was 79. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 18, 1971 file photo shot by Associated Press photographers Horst Faas and Michel Laurent, part of Pulitzer prize winning series, newly independent Bangladesh guerrillas in Dacca use bayonets to torture and kill four men suspected of collaborating with Pakistani militiamen who had been accused of murder, rape and looting during months of civil war. Faas, a prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists in nearly half a century with The Associated Press, died Thursday May 10, 2012. He was 79. (AP Photo/Horst Faas, Michel Laurent)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 1964 file photo one of several shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, earning him the first of two Pulitzer Prizes, a South Vietnamese soldier uses the end of a dagger to beat a farmer for allegedly supplying government troops with inaccurate information about the movement of Viet Cong guerrillas in a village west of Saigon, Vietnam. Faas, a prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists in nearly half a century with The Associated Press, has died May 10, 2012. He was 79. (AP Photo/Horst Faas, File)

  • FILE - In this March 19, 1964 file photo, one of several shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas which earned him the first of two Pulitzer Prizes, a father holds the body of his child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers look down from their armored vehicle. The child was killed as government forces pursued guerrillas into a village near the Cambodian border. Faas, a prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists in nearly half a century with The Associated Press, died Thursday May 10, 2012. He was 79. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

  • FILE - In this June 1965 file photo shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, South Vietnamese civilians, among the few survivors of two days of heavy fighting, huddle together in the aftermath of an attack by government troops to retake the post at Dong Xoai, Vietnam. Faas, a prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists in nearly half a century with The Associated Press, died Thursday May 10, 2012. He was 79. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

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