Gianni Giansanti, 52, an award-winning Italian photographer who snapped candid portraits of Pope John Paul II during his pilgrimages, died Wednesday in Rome after battling bone cancer, his colleagues said.
Giansanti was a 21-year-old freelancer just breaking into photography during the years of Italian domestic terrorism when he shot the 1978 image that for many captured the horror of that era -- the bullet-riddled body of Aldo Moro, the kidnapped former Italian Christian Democrat premier, in the trunk of a parked car.
He furnished a black-and-white photo of the scene to the Associated Press, which transmitted it around the world. His photos of the body helped him get a contract with the Sygma photo agency.
Giansanti's career seemed linked to the life of Polish-born John Paul, who was elected pontiff in 1978.
Giansanti was among the first foreign photographers to scramble into Poland during the imposition of martial law there by the then-Communist regime in the early years of John Paul's papacy.
Giansanti's awards included a World Press Photo first prize in 1988 for reportage on a day in the life of John Paul. Other honored work included reportage on famine in Somalia in 1993.
Lyricist and magazine exec
Harvey Geller, 86, a lyricist and former vice president and West Coast editor of Cash Box magazine, died March 12 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills after a brief illness, said his daughter, Alix.
During a music career that he began as a song plugger in New York City in the mid-1950s, Geller also worked as a columnist, feature writer, reviewer and sales executive for Billboard magazine and Daily Variety. He served for many years on various selection committees of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
As a lyricist, Geller saw his songs recorded by groups such as the Kingston Trio, Brothers Four and River City Ramblers. Among his compositions were "Blue Water Line" and "Charleston Town."
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