In Memory Of Dave Martin
“He was so driven to tell stories through pictures that he’d do most anything it took to be in the right spot to get the best photo, whether it was standing on a beach during a hurricane or wading into polluted waters during an oil spill,” said Jay Reeves
Dave Martin was a longtime Associated Press photographer based in Montgomery, Alabama. On Tuesday night, Martin ran onto the field after Texas A&M’s 52-48 win over Duke and took photos of coach Kevin Sumlin being doused with a water bucket by his players. The two teams were in the Georgia Dome for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Martin continued to take photos of the celebrating team before suffering a fatal heart attack. CPR was administered on the field, but he passed away early Wednesday morning. This is the last photo Dave Martin took before he collapsed.
“Dave Martin was an excellent photojournalist, a consummate and dedicated professional and a wonderful person, wherever his work took him he made many friends and will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.” – AP Vice President and Director of Photography Santiago Lyon
“Mullet,” as he was known to family and friends, leaves behind his wife, Jamie and their two kids, as well as a legacy of a man who “was a master at finding that perfect storytelling shot from a game.” – Garrett Davis, Photographer