Benjamine Eugene Forte, 57, a former Washington news photographer and member of the White House News Photographers Association, died May 18 at his home in Lothian, Md., after a heart attack.
After leaving the International News Pictures organization, he helped found the old Consolidated News Pictures, a news and commercial photographic venture, in the mid-1950s. That company also owned Congressional Photo, a Washington camera store. In 1981, Mr. Forte retired and moved to Lothian.
During his years as a news photographer, he covered every president from Eisenhower through Nixon. He also appeared in the movie, "Advise and Consent." He was a past commander of Kenneth H. Nash Post No. 8 of the American Legion in Washington. He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Moose.
Mr. Forte was born in Pittsburgh and reared in this area. He attended George Washington University, served in the Merchant Marine during World War II, and with the Army in postwar Japan. He was recalled to active duty, serving in Korea during the conflict there. He began his news career in 1949 as a copyboy with the Associated Press.
Survivors include his wife, Marcella E. Joyce Forte of Lothian; a brother, Russell T., of Washington; a half-brother, Robert A. Rossbach of Pittsburgh, and a half-sister, Ethel M. Chapman of Salt Lake City.