Presidential Photographer Fabian Bachrach Dies at 92
Fabian Bachrach, who died last Friday at age 92, succeeded in taking photographs that will live forever. He immortalized poets, explorers, presidents and kings in portrait, just like his father and grandfather before him.
Bachrach's portraiture business is a chain now, but it started back in 1868, when his paternal grandfather opened the first Bachrach studio, five years after photographing Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg. Fabian Bachrach carried on the tradition.
In his time he photographed John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Robert Frost, Jacques Cousteau, and the former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier. "We photographed Baby Doc, and he placed this enormous order -- all these big portrait," said his son Louis Bachrach in an interview days before Fabian's passing. "The day he was deposed, there was this angry crowd in front of the presidential palace, burning the Bachrach portrait."