By Francis J. "Red" Grandy
Born on Jan. 26, 1922 on my family's ancestral farm in the town of Russell,
N.Y. and, until the age of 14, most of my life was passed attending a one-room
schoolhouse and helping my father run our dairy farm.
After graduating from high school I worked at a wire mill in Rome, N.Y.
until joining the Army Air Corps in 1942. After 4 years in the service
I enrolled at the University of Southern California to study cinema and
still photography. There I met Doug Kigour who ran the school's commercial
photo department and was hired as a student photographer at $1.00 per hour.
Doug taught me how to shoot news and feature photography and convinced
me to use the name "Red" as
a nom de plume for professional reasons. This experience qualified me as
a fairly competent photojournalist.
I had a chance to go to Europe to work on a Masters in cinema after
graduating from USC in 1950. While there I accepted a job as a photographer
for the Armed Forces European Edition of the Stars
and Stripes newspaper.
Red and his sidekick
Four months later I made a photo of a
very surprised General Eisenhower when he was told that President
Truman had fired Gen. MacArthur. The picture was published all over
the world and won almost every prize except the Pulitzer as News
Photo of the Year.
17 days later I shot the reunion of Robert Vogeler and his wife
in Vienna when Vogeler was released after seventeen months in a Hungarian
jail for spying. This was also published worldwide. Associated Press
named it the 2nd best news photo of the year 1951 after the Eisenhower
Soon after I was made Chief Photographer of the newspaper,
a position I held for the next 35 years. During this period I had
many successes in getting pictures, often under very difficult circumstances.
Many times the story behind the picture was more interesting than
the story itself.
Since we covered an area between Pakistan and Iceland we found stories
in a mélange
of locations. Most of the time we were only a small staff of 6 photographers.
In spite of our small size we competed in the annual Kent State Newspaper
Photo Contest during the last four years of its existence against
nearly all-major US newspapers, many of them with staffs of 30 or
more photographers. It was a contest where each newspaper sent its
20 best photos of the year to compete. During those four years we
won 2nd place 3 times and first place in 1960.
and his wife in Vienna
During this period we accumulated over 144,000 stories for the European
Edition of The Stars and Stripes, which are at this time still stored
at the old headquarters in Griesheim, Germany. The files are all documented
in logbooks and cross-indexed in card files for easy access. This accurate
and comprehensive documenting of the work of the many photographers who
contributed to the history of the Cold War years in Europe is due to
the dedication of our German secretary, Erna Stanley.
Presently many of these photos may be viewed and purchased through the Stars
and Stripes website by going to estripes on
the net and searching under Archive
Photo of the Day. Images from every
photo presented since 1 June 2003 may be viewed under "Browse our
may be purchased by going to the Pictopia Affiliate shop.