Nat Fein

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Nat Fein
Born Nathaniel Fein
August 7, 1914
Manhattan, New York
Died September 25, 2000(2000-09-25) (aged 86)
Westwood, New Jersey
Nationality United States
Notable work "The Babe Bows Out"
Awards Pulitzer Prize

Nathaniel Fein (August 7, 1914 – September 26, 2000) was a photographer for the New York Herald Tribune for thirty-three years.[1] Fein is known for photographing Babe Ruth at the end of his life, winning the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for his photograph "The Babe Bows Out."[2][3]


Fein was born and raised on the lower east side of Manhattan. He was a press photographer at the New York Herald Tribune from 1933 to 1966. Albert Einstein, Ty Cobb, Queen Elizabeth and Harry S. Truman were among the many public figures that he photographed. He won more press photo awards than any of his contemporaries. Although considered to be one of the greatest human interest photographers in journalism,[citation needed] he carried the distinction of having taken "the most celebrated photograph in sports history." (NY Times, 1992). Fein's Babe Ruth image was the first sports picture to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Babe Ruth[edit]

In 1948, Fein took the photograph that titled "The Babe Bows Out," which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photography.[4]

Other subjects[edit]

Known for setting a scene proper, he would climb buildings and bridges to get the shot he was after. Fein's main subject matter was New York following World War II.

Fein also photographed notables Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, William Westmoreland, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer, Marilyn Monroe and Carl Sandburg.


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