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AP Photographer Collapses, Dies After Chick-Fil-A Bowl Game

By Joseph Cha on January 2nd 2014

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.

Kevin Sumlin

FILE – This Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, photographed by Associated Press photographer Dave Martin, shows Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as he is dunked in the closing seconds of a 52-48 win over Duke in the the Chick-fil-A Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Atlanta. Martin, a longtime Associated Press photographer based in Montgomery, Ala., died after collapsing on the Georgia Dome field at the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Martin was 59. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

“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

[Source: Charlotte Observer and BigStory]


I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.


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  1. RH6194

    My sympathies to Mr. Martin’s family on their loss. He was an outstanding photographer and it sounds like he was an amazing man! I’m sorry I never had an opportunity to make his acquaintance.

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  2. Marty

    So sorry to hear this as PHOTOGRAPHER MYSELF, I hope to achieve half of what this man has. Thank you sir

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