CHARLIE COLE, ONE OF the four photo journalists who captured the iconic image of the Tiananmen protester “Tank Man” in June 1989, passed away in September in Bali where he had lived for some 15 years. He was 64. He leaves Rosanna, his wife.
Well-known in the Asia-Pacific region, Charlie was resident in Japan for much of the 1980s and 1990s and was a regular visitor to the Club along with buddies the late Greg Davis and “Rambling” James Gardner.
Writer Bradley Martin drew on him for a character in his latest novel, Nuclear Blues.
Cole, covering the Beijing pro- democracy demonstrations for Newsweek, received the 1990 World Press Photo award of the year.
– Geoff Tudor