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Celebrated Wedding and Portrait Photographer Dies at 75

Monte Zuker
Monte Zuker

Photographer Monte Zucker, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., known as a coach and father-figure to many, died the evening of March 15. He was 75.

Zucker dedicated more than 50 years of his life to being a professional photographer and teacher, studying and perfecting his photographic technique, particularly in the areas of wedding and portraiture. In 2002, he was honored by the United Nations as Portrait Photographer of the Year.

According to his Web site,, his portraiture was based on the classical tradition and he never strayed far from his original intent-to capture a moment in people’s lives and memorialize it for posterity. “I don't photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be,” was Zucker’s philosophy in his own words. Since his passing, the online forum on his Web site has been buzzing with an outpouring of comments from those who knew and loved him, many referring to him as a mentor.

Following his wishes, a celebration is being planned to honor Monte Zucker on Sunday, April 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Washington, D.C. area.

While a specific location hasn’t been chosen, the family is anticipating as many as 500 people and is asking people to RSVP to this email address: in order to plan accordingly.

It is asked that the number of people attending with each RSVP be included. Urgent questions can be emailed to When the location is chosen, everyone who sent a RSVP will be emailed.