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Old 01-05-2008, 10:49 AM
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Default The Loss of a Legend

I received word this morning that Ray Farkas died last night. He will be dearly, dearly missed.

Ray changed the way we go about doing what we do as photojournalists. I first met him at the Workshop in 2004. His piece shot in Nashville remains my favorite news magazine nat piece of all time. About a year ago, I had the opportunity to sit with Ray in his home and watch tapes while eating the most delicious apple pie I've ever had. He was an absolutely wonderful man. There is no question that he's left his mark on our business.

Thank you for everything Ray Farkas!
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:58 AM
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Ray was a major influence on a lot of us. His use of the "voyeur
sound bite was ground breaking and generated a new direction in storytelling.

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Old 01-05-2008, 11:00 AM
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From Sharon Freed-

Saturday, January 5, 2008
Ray Farkas died peacefully January 4, 2008 11:45 pm at the Community Hospice in Washington DC.

He died as he lived with grace and aplomb... relishing time with those he loved... each savoring their unique bond with him. Ray's glow lives on in the lives he touched. Which were many.
Be Safe!!!
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:02 AM
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To remember Ray, his family has set up a Blog Spot on his Off Center web site, so folks can share their thoughts with his family.

Be Safe!!!

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Old 01-05-2008, 11:10 AM
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My thoughts are there. Even as sad as we all are, I can't help but smile at such a life so richly lived.

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Old 01-05-2008, 11:22 AM
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Damn, after a night of good sleep only to awake to this news. Of course we all had contact with Ray though the NPPA at some point. To say he was one of the masters of storytelling doesn't say enough about the man. Not only did he add to storyteling by doing a "Farkas" style, he also was just as quick to show you how it's done. Not to many magicians show you how to do there trick in life. Ray will be missed!
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Old 01-05-2008, 01:27 PM
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Can't think of a better time to take another look at some classics.

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Old 01-05-2008, 04:21 PM
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Very sad day...

Without a doubt, the most memorable storytelling I've ever seen...

Thank you Ray...

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Old 01-05-2008, 05:25 PM
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god bless his family
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:42 PM
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I hated reading this.
I was privileged to work with Ray in 1994 on a project. It was for AMC called, "Long, Long Ago.” I spent the entire day shooting, while Farkas examined every shot with a portable monitor. His eye was incredible. Shooting Farkas style with Farkas himself is a memory I will keep forever.
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:25 PM
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Sad news.

My prayers are with him and his family.

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Old 01-05-2008, 08:12 PM
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I was lucky enough to ride along for a day with Ray in 1992. I am a big fan of his long lens stuff.
The first time I tried copying it the group of ladies at a table I had put a radio mic on spent very little time talking about the “topic” and the rest talking about my bum… my ears burnt.
I never was able to do Farkas like he could.
He really was a legend.

My condolences to his family.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:37 PM
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The Remarkabe Mr. Farkas

Anyone who’s ever framed up a talking head should lower their lens tonight, for a master of the craft has passed. Ray Farkas, known far and wide for generous natue and languid storytelling style, succumbed to colon cancer late Friday. His death marks the end of a brilliant career, one spent adding to the palette of TV news and inspiring everyone around him in the process. He produced an abundance of coverage on matters large and small, seemingly able to create gripping television out of thin air. A pioneer user of the wireless microphone, he redefined the sit-down interview with obscure camera placement, abundant cutaways and a fly on the wall feel. His very name denotes the approach, making him one of the few producers to expand the lexicon of TV News. But the Ray Farkas school of thought transcended mere soundbites. When he contracted a sever form of Parkinson’s Disease, he documented much of his treatment, including one session in which he narrated his own brain surgery … live! Enthusiastic, innovative and affable, Farkas was a favorite among his many brethren at NPPA. Those of us lucky enough to rub shoulders with him in at the Norman workshop were among the legion of shooters who sought and received his tutelage. Ray Farkas the man may no longer be with us, but Farkas - the broadcast term will be used and revered for as long as TV cameras roam the Earth. His legacy will only grow - every time a television photojournalist pulls w-a-y back from the subject at hand and dares to stare at it differently.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:42 PM
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Default Sunday January 6

There will be a Shiva held by Ray's daughter Julie Sunday, January 6, 2008 at 4848 Chevy Chase Blvd in Chevy Chase Maryland. Please go to www.offcentertv.com for more information.
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Old 01-07-2008, 11:31 AM
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One more story to read about Ray:

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Old 01-07-2008, 06:37 PM
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I did get chance to meet and listen to Ray at NPPA....A great lost.
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Old 01-08-2008, 05:41 PM
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One of the few people who I would really love to pick their brain... someday.
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:37 PM
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One of the few of us that was talented enough to actually invent a style.

He was a nice guy to boot.

Hats off, Mr. F.
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:39 AM
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I hate to hear that he has passed. He was such an amazing guy and extreemly nice. Like many people, I met him at the Workshop. Infact, I needed someone in a crunch to be in one of my stories. He just happened to walk into the rooom at the right time and I asked him if he would be one of my actors. He happily obliged. At the time I didn't know who he was, it would be two days later that I would find out. Needless to say I was a little embarassed to think that a man of his skill and talent would be in my pitiful little skit. I will never forget it though!
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Old 01-23-2008, 09:51 PM
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I just found out about this on another site where there's a nice tribute about him:


I wish his name would have been included in the topic heading so I would have known sooner.

His style was a great influence on me in the early 90's. I was working in Nashville at the time and I still remember the story he did about area people who were also songwriters. Anyone who has seen that story can remember the woman at the Avis counter singing.

I moved from Nashville in the mid-90's and would see her there at the counter when I made return trips through the Nashville airport and would always think of the Ray Farkas story. Finally, this past December I rented a car from Avis and she was the agent that handled me. I told her I remembered her from that story and she was flattered.

Several years ago I found an email address for Ray and wrote him. He asked me to send a tape to critique my work. I'm sorry now that I never got around to it.

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