Charlie Cole

Charlie Cole Bio

Charlie Cole was an American photojournalist, one of the four photographers who captured the iconic image of the Tank Man during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Cole was born in 1955 in Bonham, Texas, United States.

Quick Bio
Birth Date1955
Birth PlaceTexas, United States
Death Date13 September 2019
Age64 years
Net WorthUpdate Soon

Charlie Cole was born in 1955 in Texas and died on 13 September 2019. He has died at the age of 64. Cole lived in Bali, Indonesia, for more than 15 years.

Charlie Cole Tank Man Photographer

He worked for magazines and newspapers including Newsweek, Time and The New York Times.

Charlie Cole was one of the photographers who captured the famous Tank Man on film during the Tiananmen Square protests on June 5th, 1989.

It was taken after hundreds of civilians was killed by the 200,000-strong People’s Liberation Army in a brutal crackdown on student pro-democracy protesters.

The image of one man standing in the way of a column of tanks, a day after hundreds possibly thousands of people died, has become a defining image of the 1989 pro-democracy protests.

Cole took his picture for Newsweek with a telephoto lens from the balcony of a hotel, framing it so the man was only just in the bottom left corner. He won the 1989 World Press Photo of the Year for the Tank Man.

Cole later described how he had expected the man would be killed, and felt it was his responsibility to record what was happening.

But the unidentified protester was eventually pulled away from the scene by two men. What happened to him remains unknown. Pictures of the Tank Man are still banned in China.

Charlie Cole Death & Cause

He died there on September 2019, aged 64.  Cole’s cause of death is unknown.

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