Obituary: Clyde W. 'Red' Hare / Photojournalist known for realistic style

July 11, 1927 - Oct. 14, 2009


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Clyde W. "Red" Hare carried enthusiasm with him as easily as other great photographers carry a camera.

The Hampton photographer died Wednesday at Allegheny General Hospital, according to his son, Gerald Hare. He was 82.

He was born July 11, 1927, in Bloomington, Ind., and graduated from Indiana University. He was a freelance photographer for more than 50 years in Western Pennsylvania; U.S. Steel, Westinghouse and Heinz were among his corporate and editorial clients.

His infectious chuckle and selflessness infused the atmosphere whether he was in a U.S. senator's home or on an I-beam above a river in Pittsburgh. His style of photorealism revealed every rivet. People in his images nearly always had a sense of place amid the ubiquitous hot iron or cold steel of Pittsburgh in the 20th century.

His work is found in the collections of the George Eastman House, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Senator John Heinz History Center and others.

His work was published in premier national magazines including National Geographic and Life. He published many collections and books including "Clyde Hare's Pittsburgh," a masterwork published by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.

Mr. Hare came to Pittsburgh to work with Roy E. Stryker, considered the father of photojournalism. Mr. Stryker, a former economist, ran the federally funded Work Projects Administration photography initiative during the Great Depression. Mr. Hare worked for Mr. Stryker in the Pittsburgh Photographic Library Project, covering the city's Renaissance I from 1950 to 1953 for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff photographer Bob Donaldson said Mr. Hare "was on the ground floor of grand central photojournalism."

Mr. Hare was friends with U.S. senators, CEOs, philanthropists and photojournalists. As Pittsburgh cycled through its renaissance periods, the pre-eminent corporate and editorial photographer climbed, too. He worked with the finest equipment available, such as the unusual Linhof 4x5 inch film view camera. His eye for nuance recorded every aspect of industry and development in the region for decades.

He taught visual communications at Carnegie Mellon University from 1968 to 1981, then was a guest lecturer for design history classes until 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, their three sons, Gerald of Hampton, Paul of Ballston Lake, N.Y., and Tim of Wexford, and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday at King Funeral Home, Hampton. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4829 Mount Royal Blvd., Hampton. Interment will be in Batesville, Ind., on Oct. 24.


Jim Mendenhall can be reached at jmendenhall@post-gazette.com .


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