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Palm Beach Post photo editor, multimedia director, Mark Edelson dies at 64

PHOTO EXPERT: Mark Edelson, The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning photo editor and multimedia director, brought humanity to shots displayed in the paper.
PHOTO EXPERT: Mark Edelson, The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning photo editor and multimedia director, brought humanity to shots displayed in the paper. Courtesy The Palm Beach Post

If there’s been a photo in The Palm Beach Post in the last 22 years that made you cry or laugh or marvel or made you sputter with outrage, it was likely because Mark Edelson, The Post’s long-time picture editor and multimedia director, chose that image.

Often, he would have fought for it.

In Edelson’s hands, pictures weren’t just worth more than words. They elevated words. The photos he selected filled the emotional gaps in a news story’s recitation of hard, implacable facts.

His award-winning work brought humanity to the newspaper, showing us the joy, beauty, laughter, cruelty and pain behind the stories.

Edelson was a legend in American photojournalism when he died Thursday evening at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center after a two-year bout with lymphoma. He was 64.

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