MOURN­ING DAN GROSHONG

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PHO­TOG­RA­PHER and founder of The Hum­ming­fish Foun­da­tion Dan Groshong died along­side two oth­ers on Au­gust 12 in East Ti­mor, when a tree fell on their 4x4. They were driv­ing through a storm to the vil­lage of La­clubar, where his foun­da­tion had built a suc­cess­ful cof­fee busi­ness. The Ore­gon na­tive served in the U.S. Navy Se­abees be­fore study­ing pho­tog­ra­phy at the San Fran­cisco Art In­sti­tute. He then be­gan a sto­ried ca­reer that saw him cover the Barcelona and Al­bertville Olympics, the O.J. Simp­son trial, three Academy Awards and seven armed con­flicts, in­clud­ing the war in Afghanistan and the cri­sis in So­ma­lia. His work cov­er­ing Tim or’ s bloody ref­er­en­dum on split­ting from Indonesia, and sub­se­quent in­de­pen­dence in 2002, led to a vis­ceral bond with the new na­tion. He set up his foun­da­tion in 2010 to sup­port en­vi­ron­men­tally aware com­mu­nity-based busi­nesses such as A i-fun an, a hand-made soap busi­ness, and the Maubere Moun­tain Cof­fee co­op­er­a­tive. His pho­tog­ra­phy graced the pub­li­ca­tions and web­sites of news or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Time, Stern, Bloomberg, Getty, The New York Times – and, as an avid diver and ad­ven­ture-travel en­thu­si­ast, Ac­tion Asia. He is sur­vived by his Hong Kong-based fam­ily: wife Menzi, son Agos, 16 , and daugh­ter Anna May, 13. – Alex Frew Mcmil­lan

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