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Noted photojournalist

Burt Glinn, a photojournalist whose images of historic moments of the Cold War include Fidel Castro's 1959 march on Havana and Nikita Khrushchev's visit to the United States that year, died Wednesday, according to Magnum Photos Inc. The cause of death was not immediately given.

He began his career with the Magnum Photos agency in 1951 and photographed events in such locations as Japan, Russia and Mexico.

A highlight of Mr. Glinn's career came on New Year's Eve 1958, when he was in New York and got word that the dictator Fulgencio Batista had fled Cuba and that a ragtag band of revolutionaries led by Mr. Castro would be making a triumphant march into Havana.

"At 7 in the morning I was in Havana at the airport figuring out how to find where this thing was going on," he said in an interview on Magnum Photos' Web site. "You can't just get in a cab and say, 'Take me to the Revolution.'"

He was later able to get close enough to Mr. Castro to capture compelling images of the rebel in his fatigues as he met with supporters in the first days of the country's upheaval.

Mr. Glinn's other iconic image pictured the back of Mr. Khrushchev's head in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the Soviet premier's official visit to Washington in 1959. He attributed the shot to "luck" because he arrived late at the scene.

"If I'd been on time I could have gotten a very ordinary picture of Khrushchev and Henry Cabot Lodge looking at this statue of Lincoln but you couldn't see the statue," he said later.

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