By ROBERT GOLDBERG | SAN FRANCISCO A photographer who captured the citys first glimpse of the city as it was in 1969 has died.
His wife, a former reporter, said on Facebook that Barry Finks death on Sunday was “a shock and a loss.”
Fink, the photographer who also documented the riots of the 1960s, died Sunday at his home in Hollywood, California, about 10 miles from the scene of the 1969 riots, where the LAPD was accused of using excessive force and excessive force by protesters.
“I am devastated by the news that my friend, photographer, and photographer friend has passed away.
His death is a shock and loss to me and to all who knew him,” his wife, Nancy Fink said.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his wife and his entire family.”
Finks brother, John Fink Fink Jr., told NBC News that the two of them were close friends.
“Barry was one of my best friends, he would go over and hang out with me all the time,” John Finks said.
He said he and his wife had been planning to get married a year ago.
“They were planning to do it when I was about 20,” John said.
His sister, Nancy, said that Fink was one “great man, he was a loving man.
He always treated people with respect.”
Finking’s daughter, Lisa Fink Clements, said the photographer was “like a brother” to her mother.
“He was so generous,” she said.
Fink worked for several newspapers, including The Hollywood Reporter and The Los Angeles Times, for decades, but he also worked for ABC News, the Los Angeles Police Department, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker.
He died Saturday at the age of 92.
“We’re all in shock and grief, but also really grateful,” Lisa Finks Clements said.
The Los Angles Police Department issued a statement Sunday afternoon thanking Fink’s family.
“The LAPD and the LAPD Special Victims Unit are deeply saddened by the death of photographer Barry Finkle,” the department said in a statement.
“His dedication to the public and his professionalism have served the city of Los Angeles well for more than 40 years.
We will miss his presence.”
Police Chief Charlie Beck said that police officers were not called to the scene and that it was unclear how long the incident lasted.
The LAPD had been investigating the shootings for about a year, Beck said.
Beck said the department will also review all video footage of the shooting, including some from witnesses who came forward.
Police have said they found no evidence that Finks was involved in the shooting.
He also worked on a number of other stories, including for The Los Angelos Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.
He told The Los Peaches newspaper in 2014 that he worked on the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
“If you’ve got something that could have been avoided, you might as well get the truth out of it,” Fink told the paper.
The Times reported that the newspaper had asked the LAPD to release the footage to help investigate the shootings.
Finks, who was also a reporter for The New Republic, was the youngest of three children, according to his obituary.
FINK was born in Los Angeles in 1947 and grew up in Hollywood.
His mother, Nancy Mink Finks Fink Sr., is the wife of John F Fink and the mother of his son.
He married in 1960 and divorced his first wife, Diane Fink in 1972.
He was married twice before divorcing his second wife, Lisa Mink Cements, in 1987.
Finkle’s sister, Lisa Clements Fink Linsley, said her father was a “very kind man who always had a smile on his face.”
“He loved people and always gave everyone a chance,” Lisa said.
Her father also worked as a news photographer for The Associated Press, The Associated Statesman, The San Francisco Examiner, and the Los Angos Times.
He had been working as a photographer for ABC since 1970, and was the subject of several stories for The Chicago Sun-Times.
His career in photography was largely ended by a car accident in 1969.
He suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries in the crash.
Finking later worked for CBS and later CBS News, and later became the producer of CBS Sports.
His son, John, is a reporter at The Los Alamos National Laboratory, and his daughter is a senior editor at CBS News.
His brother, who worked at The Associated American Press, also worked at CBS, The Los Angels Times, and CBS Sports in the 1970s.
The Associated Tribune contributed to this report.
Contact reporter Jennifer Griffin at [email protected]