Lou Krasky, a legendary Associated Press photographer known for capturing significant events and figures for over 35 years, has died at the age of 86.

Renowned for his ability to transform news photography into an art form, Lou Krasky spent over three decades photographing everything from hurricanes to golf tournaments, and even presidents and popes, distinguishing himself with his unique skills and insight. A New Yorker who found his calling in photography through the U.S. Navy, Krasky joined the AP in 1968 in Columbia, South Carolina, and earned nicknames like “The Artiste” for his work. Apart from his professional accomplishments, Krasky was known for his mentoring spirit towards younger photographers and his significant contributions to photojournalism. His death marks the end of an era in capturing history through the lens.