photographer Elbert F. "Bert" Hodge, 82, of Springfield, who won
national acclaim for his pictures during his 33 years on staff at the
Delaware County Daily Times, died Oct. 19.
Hodge's Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. on Saturday at Covenant United Methodist Church, 212 W. Springfield Road, Springfield. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
According to his obituary, Hodge,
who photographed almost every president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to
Bill Clinton, "was as adept at taking pictures of nature as he was of
national figures. In 1974, he won first place for color photography out
of 488 submissions from the Pennsylvania Press Photographers Association
for his picture of the sun setting behind the Commodore Barry Bridge in
His obituary continues with stories from his life as a photographer:
was barely on the job with the Delaware County Daily Times a month
when, in August 1963, he was placed behind a state police barricade
while photographing an angry white mob encroaching on a black couple,
Horace and Sarah Baker, and their 2-year-old daughter moving into their
new home in Folcroft.Mr. Hodge was
undeterred in snapping pictures of the rioting crowd including a
photograph of adolescent white boys screaming taunts and making
threatening gestures at the black family that gained national attention.
months later, Mr. Hodge was covering a peaceful civil rights
demonstration at Seventh Street and Edgmont Avenue in Chester when
police appeared and started dragging the young protesters away.As
Mr. Hodge snapped photographs, he was knocked to the ground by what he
believed was a policeman who then ordered him to get into the police
wagon. He remembered hearing a black photographer gasping for air as
police dragged him with a night stick against his neck. Mr. Hodge
continued to photograph demonstrators, on the ground with bleeding
heads, through a window the size of a peephole in the back of the wagon."