Fire Photographers Hold 4-Day Seminar in Chicago

Fire Photographers Hold 4-Day Seminar in Chicago

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Speakers covered a multitude of subjects at the annual four-day seminar of the International Fire Photographers Association in Chicago.

Opening the seminar, which ran from last July 24 to 27, Ralph E. Fox of GAF Corporation discussed basic photography, while Lieutenants Donald Walpole and Edward Trock, both of Chicago, talked about the use of photography in the fire service.

Captain Richard Keenan of Bradford, Pa., explained movie camera techniques and Captain Joseph Mancinelli of Detroit illustrated a talk on cameras and films with numerous photos. How photography can be used in fire prevention work was outlined by Inspector Thomas Lowe II of Plainfield, N.J. Battalion Chief George Schuller, IFPA president, of Chicago showed slides in a discussion of photo coverage as seen through the eyes of a line officer.

The use of photography in arson investigation was explained by Roger Meritt of Eastman Kodak and Lieutenant Joseph F. Benyo of Westland, Mich., talked about public relations and human interest photos. Captain David Rice of Chicago showed how to develop photographic visual aids. Paul Foxgrover, a Chicago Fire Department attorney, discussed the use of photos in courts and told how to introduce them into evidence.

Awards for photography were made for Class A, municipalities of more than 150,000 population, and Class B, municipalities of less than 150,000, in the various categories as follows:

Best fire scene (B&W): Class A— 1st, Joseph Mancinelli, Detroit; 2nd, Robert Preudhomme, Volunteers of Christian Hook Inc., N.Y. Class B— 1st, Harvey Miller, Rochester, Minn.; 2nd, Robert Preudhomme, Volunteers of Christian Hook Inc., N.Y.; 3rd, Alfred Bysiewicz, New Haven, Conn.

Best lifesaving (B&W): Class A— Honorable Mention, Joseph Mancinelli, Detroit Fire Department. Class B—1st, Dick Thul, St. Paul; 2nd, Thomas Lowe II, Plainfield, N.J.; 3rd, Joseph Benyo, Westland, Mich.

Human interest, fire-oriented (B&W): Class A—1st, Joseph Benyo, Westland, Mich.; 2nd, Joseph Mancinelli, Detroit. Class B—1st, Samuel Halpert, Hollywood, Fla.; 2nd, Joseph Benyo, Westland, Mich.; 3rd, Richard Thul, St. Paul.

Best movie: Class A—Joseph Mancinelli, Detroit. Class B—Joseph Benyo, Westland, Mich.

Best arson series: Class A—2nd, Joseph Mancinelli, Detroit. Class B— 1st, Thomas Lowe II, Plainfield, N.J.; 2nd, Joseph Benyo, Westland, Mich.; 3rd, William Eierman, South Holland, Ill.

Best color photo: Class A—1st, Wayne Dare, Pitman, N.J.; 2nd, Joseph Benyo, Westland, Mich. Class B—1st, Robert Preudhomme, Volunteers of Christian Hook Inc., N.Y.; 2nd, Joseph Benyo, Westland, Mich.; 3rd, Alfred Bysiewicz, New Haven, Conn.

Lt. Joseph F. Benyo, Westland, Mich., winner of nine awards, with some of the participants in the 4-day IFPA seminar. From left are Battalion Chief George Schuller, Chicago, president of IFPA, Benyo, Captain Richard Keenan of Bradford, Pa., and Ralph E. Fox of the GAF Corporation.

Best color slide: Class A—1st, William Nolen, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; 2nd, Larry Jones, Joliet, Ill.; 3rd, Joseph Benyo, Westland, Mich. Class B—1st, William Reynolds, Elmhurst, Ill.; 2nd, Joseph Benyo, Westland, Mich.; 3rd, Robert Preudhomme, Volunteers of Christian Hook Inc., N.Y.

Special awards: outstanding contribution, George Schuller, Chicago and IFPA man of the year, William Reynolds, Elmhurst, Ill.

IFPA membership is open to persons engaged directly or indirectly in fire photography or fire investigation. Information about membership can be obtained by writing to the International Fire Photographers Association, 116 Schiller Street, Elmhurst, Ill. 60126.

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