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In Memoriam : Peter Howe (1942-2020)


Peter Howe passed away. He started out as a photojournalist but his dream was to become a picture editor.

He was one of the great directors of the photo department of the NY Times magazine, then of Life magazine. Astonishing character, caustic, funny, attractive, fascinated by photojournalism and married to a wonderful lady : Anthéa Disney.

In the mid-90s, photography ceased to concern him, what he guessed about his future no longer interested him, so he began to write children’s books, including The Adventures of Waggit the Abandoned Dog of Central Park.

I owe him the most severe statement that was about my English accent : “Compared to Naudet, Maurice Chevalier can be considered a native Texan.”

Jean-Jacques Naudet


Laurie Kratochvil, the legendary director of photography at Rolling Stone magazine sent us these few words! 

I met Peter when I worked at Rolling Stone. He came to see me with his photojournalism portfolio. We ended up going to lunch at the Plaza. We talked for hours and I was charmed.

Peter mentioned that he was interested in becoming a photo editor. A short time later I talked to him he had become the photo editor at The NY Times Magazine!

Peter was curious, kind, funny, trustful, smart, and so much fun to be around. He had the best laugh…

I will miss Peter.

Laurie Kratochvil



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