Tank Man Photographer Dies: Charlie Cole Biography, Wiki, Age, Wife, Net Worth, Fast Facts You Need to Know

Charlie Cole Biography

Charlie Cole Biography

Charlie Cole was an American photojournalist, one of the four photographers who captured the Tank Man’s iconic image during the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square.

American photojournalist Charlie Cole, whose career is forever connected with the iconic photograph of the “Tank Man,” the Chinese office worker confronting a tank column during the 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square, died last week in Bali.

Charlie Cole Age

He was 64 years old

Charlie Cole Early Life

Charlie Cole was born in Bonham, Texas, the USA in 1955. He moved to Japan in 1980, where he worked for Newsweek, Time, and The New York Times magazines and newspapers.

Charlie Cole Career, Tank Man Photographer

Charlie Cole Career forever was associated with the iconic photograph of the “Tank Man”, the Chinese office worker facing down a column of tanks during the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, died in Bali last week.

Charlie Cole was one of the photographers at the Tiananmen Square protests on June 5, 1989, who captured the famous Tank Man on film. It was taken after the 200,000-strong People’s Liberation Army killed hundreds of civilians in a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy pro-democracy protesters.

Cole later recalled watching the man in a white shirt walk into the center of Changan Avenue as the armored vehicles approached: “I kept shooting in anticipation of what I felt was his certain doom. But to my amazement, the lead tank stopped, then tried to move around him.”

Eventually, Public Security Bureau agents intervened and hurried the man away. Even to this day, the identity and fate of the “tank man” are still not clear and the image remains largely blocked on the internet in China.

“I think his action captured peoples’ hearts everywhere and when the moment came, his character defined the moment, rather than the moment defining him,” Cole once told The New York Times. “He made the image. I was just one of the photographers. And I felt honored to be there.”

Worried about security men searching his room, he wrapped the roll of film in plastic and attached it to the flush chain of the toilet tank. When they did come, they found his cameras, ripped the film out and left, seemingly satisfied they had neutralized the problem — as Cole had intended.

Retrieved from its hiding place, the film was later developed at the Associated Press bureau and transmitted to Newsweek in time for deadline by a photo tech-photographer who had flown in from the magazine’s Tokyo office.

Cole regretted that the Tank Man image alone became iconic of the Tiananmen tragedy, in the same way as the Saigon rooftop evacuation shot by Dutchman Hugh van Es became symbolic of the end of the Vietnam war in 1975.

Charlie Cole Award and Honor

was one of four cameramen who took similar shots of the scene — his taken with a telephoto lens from a Beijing Hotel balcony — but it was his tight framing of the event that is believed to have won him the 1989 World Press Photo of the Year award.

Charlie Cole Death, Charlie Cole Cause of Death

Charlie Cole has died, aged 64. Cole’s cause of death is unknown or not disclosed.

Fast Facts You Need to Know

  • Cole won the 1990 World Press Photo award for his picture.
  • He had been living in Bali, Indonesia, where he died last week, aged 64.
  • Cole was one of four photographers that captured the scene on 5 June 1989.
  • He took his picture for Newsweek with a telephoto lens from the balcony of a hotel, framing it so the man was only just in the bottom left corner.