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ZOOMER Magazine - - FROM THE EDITOR - Kim Honey

PETER MARTIN was 23 and just start­ing his first full-time gig at the Oakville

Jour­nal Record 40 kilo­me­tres west of Toronto when he pho­tographed the soli­tude of Terry Fox’s early-morn­ing run. This re­sulted in the iconic im­age on our cover, taken in Oakville at 5 a.m. on July

13, 1980. It won a Cana­dian News­pa­per Award for fea­ture photograph­y and was cho­sen as a his­toric im­age that changed the coun­try in 2008 by Canada’s Na­tional His­tory So­ci­ety. A print hangs in hockey su­per­star Sid­ney Crosby’s hall­way (“The Long Run,” pg. 46).

Martin didn’t know what he had un­til he de­vel­oped the film. “There were prob­a­bly about 12 frames of that par­tic­u­lar se­quence,” he says. “Most of them were out of fo­cus, and it was just that one shot, that one frame.” Martin liked it be­cause it was dif­fer­ent, but his man­ag­ing ed­i­tor thought it was too dark, so Martin sent it to the United Press Canada wire ser­vice, and the pic­ture shot around the world.

Af­ter a ca­reer as photograph­er for news­pa­pers in Ed­mon­ton, Mon­treal and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Martin es­ti­mates he has been on 10,000 as­sign­ments over 40 years. He splits his time be­tween An­napo­lis, Md., and Stow-on-the-Wold, Eng­land, where he runs the Peter Martin Gallery. —

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