Photographer and writer of the day: The late Mark Bittman
The life and times of the late Mark J. Bittmann, who died at 89 on Monday.
Bittman was a journalist who covered the news for the Los Angeles Times from 1972 to 1979.
He covered everything from civil rights to politics, from the Watergate break-in to the Gulf War.
His Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting helped ignite the Arab Spring.
He is also the author of many books, including “The Times and the World.”
He was a former editor-in-chief of The Los Angeles Herald Tribune and a reporter at The New York Times.
He was also the Times’s deputy editorial page editor from 1979 to 1992.
Bettman was one of the country’s most influential photographers.
He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for his cover story about the Los Alamos Laboratory for the Manhattan Project, and he won another in 1983 for a story about President Jimmy Carter’s wife, Rosalynn Carter, that was published in the Times.
Bettsons most celebrated photograph, a 1979 cover story on the Soviet military buildup in Afghanistan, is considered one of his most controversial.
Bettsons shot the image of a Soviet officer who was photographed in a room with an Afghan woman.
He said that the woman, identified as a spy, was an agent of the Soviets and had worked in the United States.
Bettman said that she had come to the United Sates to help the Soviet Union win the Cold War.
Beters portrait of Bitts mother, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1962, was one the most famous images of his life.
Bets portrait of her was also included on the cover of The Times and The World in a story titled “A portrait of a woman, the mother of a soldier.”
Bettmann was a longtime reporter for The Times, and The Times is a descendant of the Bittmans family publishing empire.
The family also owned the Los Angels Dodgers and the Los Padres baseball teams.
He also covered the world of sports and was the first African American sports columnist for The New Yorker, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New Republic.
Bets family said that he died at home surrounded by family and friends.
His wife, Rosemary, said in a statement that his death was a “terrible loss to all of us.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.