Bernie Boston, a newspaper photographer best known for his iconic 1960s picture of a Vietnam War protester placing flowers in soldiers' gun barrels at an anti-war rally, has died. He was 74.
Boston died Tuesday from a rare blood disease at his home in Basye, where he had retired in 1994 after working for The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Star and the Dayton Daily News. His death was announced by the White House News Photographers Association, where he served four terms as president.
Boston's photograph, "Flower Power," was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize. He took the picture at an anti-war demonstration in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22, 1967.
He was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a 1987 photograph of Coretta Scott King unveiling a bust of her late husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the U.S. Capitol.
Born in Washington, D.C., Boston graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and served in the Army before starting his news photography career in Dayton. He moved back to Washington to work at the Star and was director of photography when the newspaper folded in 1981. He was hired by The Los Angeles Times to establish a photo operation in the nation's capital. He covered every president from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton.
After retiring, Boston and his wife co-owned the Bryce Mountain Courier, a monthly newspaper.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Peggy Boston.
George Harris sticks carnations in gun barrels during an antiwar demonstration at the Pentagon in 1967. (By Bernie Boston -- The Washington Evening Star)