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January 27, 2020 – TBA
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents a portrait of the late Kobe Bryant (1978 – 2020), marking the death of the famed American athlete. Bryant spent nearly his entire career as a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. He won five NBA championships and scored 33,643 points during his career. Bryant was the league MVP in the 2007–2008 season and an 18-time All Star.
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SIPGKB_200130_11.JPG: Kobe Bryant, 1978-2020
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tragically, on January 26, 2020, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Southern California. Fans in Los Angeles, where Bryant spent his career as a shooting guard for the Lakers, as well as those in other parts of the world, are mourning the NBA star. Bryant was born in Philadelphia, when his father was playing basketball for the 76ers, and spent part of his childhood in Italy, after his dad joined a European league. He was drafted into the NBA out of high school, won five NBA championships, and scored 33,643 points during his career. Bryant was the league MVP in the 2007–2008 season and an eighteen-time All Star. After retiring from the sport in 2016, he founded Granity Studios. Dear Basketball, which he wrote and narrated, won the Academy Award for best animated short film in 2018.While Bryant's skills on the court were undeniable, he was extremely competitive and known for his temper. And, in 2003, his image was tarnished when he was charged with sexual assault, causing him to lose endorsement deals. He and the accuser reached a settlement in 2004. Bryant leaves behind his wife of almost nineteen years, Vanessa, and their three other children. He is one of the nominees for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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2020 photos: Well, that was a year, wasn't it? The COVID-19 pandemic cut off most events here in DC after March 11.
The child president's handling of the pandemic was a series of disastrous missteps and lies, encouraging his minions to not wear masks and dramatically increasing infections and deaths here.The BLM protests started in June, made all the worse by the child president's inability to have any empathy for anyone other than himself. Then of course he tried to steal the election in November. What a year!
Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
The farthest distance I traveled after that was about 40 miles. I only visited sites in four states -- Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and DC. That was the least amount of travel I had done since 1995.
Number of photos taken this year: about 246,000, the fewest number of photos I had taken in any year since 2007.
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