"NOTHING THE scientist can cook up will do away with man," William Faulkner was saying when Charles Del Vecchio took this characteristically evocative picture of him lecturing in 1957. It was but one of thousands of photographs that he made in his 43-year career on this newspaper. Charlie Del Vicchio had an eye for news and a readiness to run after stories, and he got more than his share of the big ones -- and more than his share of the big prizes. But even when the assignment did not thrill him, his professionalism kept him out in the street, or the mud, until he got just the picture that he wanted. He was not one merely to shoot a roll and head back to the office. hHe retired in 1978 after suffering heart trouble, explaining to a colleague, "I have to give 100 percent on every assignment."
From his first job with Harris & Ewing, Charlie Del Vecchio aquired a talent for lighting, and especially for lighting portraits, which he loved to make. Far from just shooting film, he also developed and printed his own pictures, laboring sometimes over details that no reader of the paper could see. When a fellow photographer had a problem in the lab, he consulted Charlie. Charlie died on Monday at age 69, leaving in his debt everyone who had the good fortune to see the world through his eyes.