We are deeply saddened to learn that Mr. David Douglas Duncan has passed away. All of us at Nikon are mourning the loss of such a dear friend and colleague, and wish to convey our sincere condolences.
Mr. Duncan was born in 1916. During his long life he became a distinguished photojournalist and extensively covered the Pacific War, Korean War and the Vietnam conflict as an American combat photographer. His works have been published in The New York Times, LIFE magazine, and numerous other publications. Outside war journalism, he is also known for his portraits of Pablo Picasso.
When Mr. Duncan visited Japan as a Life magazine photographer in 1950, he came to discover the outstanding performance of NIKKOR lenses. This eventually led to opportunities for both the names of Nikon and NIKKOR to be recognized all over the world. For this, we are indebted to him.
Since that initial introduction, Mr. Duncan’s continued career as a photojournalist and great partner of Nikon have led to mutually deep ties over a long period of time. We respectfully honor the immeasurable contribution that Mr. Duncan has made to journalism around the world during his 102-year lifetime.
As we express our deepest sympathies at his passing, we also offer a tribute to our wonderful friend and partner with whom we shared the challenges and joys of the last century. He will remain in the hearts of his Nikon family forever.