I didn’t know Dave Martin personally but I know his photos. Based in Alabama, Dave Martin’s photo archive reads like a visual history of the state. When I heard the news this morning of his collapse of an apparent heart attack on the field, where he had rushed at the end of the game to capture reactions, I admit my first thought was “did they save the shots?”
Dave Martin covered pretty much everything in Alabama for better than 30 years. That means an entire generation of photographers grew up looking at his work in the papers everyday as an example of what they should aspire towards. 59 was far too soon Dave. You and your eye will be missed.
Oh, and the last photos he took? AL.com runs Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin getting soaked at the end of the game. Ya got a good one Dave. Ya got a good one.
AP Photog Dave Martin died of a heart attack on the Chick-Fil-A Bowl field last night…his last photo: pic.twitter.com/tZmxv1hRdv
— Sean Breslin (@Sean_Breslin) January 1, 2014