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I was a witness to many memorable events in 2016, from several nasty building fires, to extreme weather, to a tragic trench collapse. Here are some of these moments. Photos taken on and off my Boston Herald news photographer shift. Thank you to the Herald, and to my subjects, many of whom are first responders.

December 16, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters battle fire and ice during this morning’s frigid 6 alarm fire in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood.

ABOVE: 04/28/2016-Boston,MA. A Boston firefighter stretches a hose toward a large brush fire in the Fenway section of the city, at the rear of City of Boston’s fire alarm office.

ABOVE: October 21, 2016-Boston,MA. Construction worker Steven Smith pleads for help from others shortly after two workers were buried under water and soot as a trench collapse and water leak filled the hole they were working in on Boston’s Dartmouth St., Friday afternoon. The two workers were killed.

ABOVE: 05/26/2016-Boston,MA. Students peer at some of the 410 Charcoal drawings of the graduating seniors of Boston Latin’s Class of 2016, as they hang in the halls of the school. Philip Sossou, a graduating senior from Roslindale, started working on the drawings in February

ABOVE: 07/14/2016. The evening commute, Boston Logan style.

ABOVE: 05/19/2016-Boston,MA. The ocean liner Anthem of the Seas enters Boston Harbor, just after Thursday morning’s sunrise.

ABOVE: 04/21/2016-Winthrop,MA The sunrises as the moon sets over the city of Boston.

ABOVE: 04/02/2016-Winthrop,MA. Rooftop arrival.

ABOVE: 02/24/2016-Boston,MA Boston EMS’ Manuel Tejeda helps the victim of a car accident on D St.

ABOVE: 07/26/2016-Boston,MA. A Boston firefighter takes a breather at Tuesday afternoon’s multiple alarm fire at 87 Sawyer Ave. in Dorchester.

ABOVE: 08/09/2016- Sammy, of Winthrop,MA

ABOVE: 06/04/2016. Belmont,MA A turkey strolls along Belmont Hill.

ABOVE: 07/26/2016-Boston,MA. A tenant of 87 Sawyer Ave. in Dorchester, arrives home in tears, as her home burns Tuesday afternoon.

ABOVE: 06/01/2016-Winthrop,MA The very large Antonov 124 cargo plane, soars over Boston.

ABOVE: 09/08/2016-Winthrop,MA A Hummingbird Moth is seen tonight, refueling on some plants.

ABOVE: 07/20/2016-Boston,MA Boston Light frames tonight’s Super Moon rising.

ABOVE: 12/14/2016-Winthrop,MA. A high altitude airliner flying from Newark to Stockholm flies through a thin layer of haze as tonight’s moon rises. The plane was traveling at 605 knots and at 32,000′.

ABOVE: 10/15/2016-Winthrop,MA. An airliner, departing from Boston’s Logan airport, frames tonight’s Super Moon

ABOVE: 03/30/2016-Boston,MA Morning departure from Boston’s Logan airport as the moon sets in the background.

ABOVE: 09/16/2016-Boston,MA. The full Harvest moon rises over Boston Harbor’s Graves Light Friday evening.

ABOVE: 11/23/2016-Boston,MA. A very happy Paulina Lopez, age 10 years, is released from Franciscan ChildrenÕs in Brighton after being treated for a debilitating case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis. She heads home to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family. With her is her physical therapist Marcela Donat

ABOVE: 11/30/2016-Boston,MA. A man navigates Knapp St.in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood after a water main break flooded the area, shortly after 5:30am Wednesday morning. The Boston Water & Sewer Commission was in the process of shutting down the leak at 6am.

ABOVE: 12/03/2016-Cambridge,MA. Cambridge and surrounding fire departments battle a ten alarm fire on and around Berkshire street, Saturday afternoon.

ABOVE: 12/03/2016-Cambridge,MA. Cambridge and surrounding fire departments battle a ten alarm fire on and around Berkshire street, Saturday afternoon.

ABOVE: 07/21/2016-Boston,MA. Boston firefighters work at the scene of a 6-alarm fire on Bunker Hill St. in Charlestown, Thursday afternoon.

ABOVE: 12/06/2016-Malden,MA. Firefighters work at a 3 alarm fire at 381 Medford St. late Tuesday morning.

ABOVE: 03/05/16-Boston,MA A worker from a restoration/cleaning company is seen inside a fire-damaged apartment at 380 Talbot Ave. Saturday morning, hours after a fire killed a resident there.

ABOVE: 07/23/2016-Winthrop,MA A severe thunderstorm exits the coast at Winthrop Shore Drive after doing damage to homes, cars, and many trees.

ABOVE: 11/23/2016-Boston,MA. Boston Police, Fire, and EMS personnel work to make comfortable, and then to eventually rescue, this distraught man threatening to jump from a ledge at the MIT Frat house at Commonwealth Ave., and Hereford St., Wednesday afternoon.

ABOVE: 08/14/2016-Winthrop,MA A split-second burst of several lightning bolts is seen over Graves Light during an early morning thunderstorm.

ABOVE: 12/15/2016-Stoneham,MA. Firefighters work at the scene of a 2 alarm fire at 154 North St., late Thursday morning.

ABOVE: 12/16/2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters battle fire and ice during this morning’s frigid 6 alarm fire in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood.

ABOVE: 03/18/2016. Winthrop,MA. Winter surfing.

ABOVE: 03/26/2016-Boston,MA. Mayor Martin J. Walsh poses for a photo with 6 year old twins Aiden, at left, and Austin, prior to the annual Sisters of Saint Joseph Easter Egg Roll in Brighton, Saturday morning.

ABOVE: 11/17/2016-East Boston. Birds of a feather.

ABOVE: 02/14/2016-Winthrop,MA. Seasmoke rises above the Atlantic as Boston temperatures dipped to several degrees fahrenheit below zero Sunday morning.

ABOVE: 12/16/2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters battle fire and ice during this morning’s frigid 6 alarm fire in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood.

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Forty years ago Tuesday, Boston Herald American photographer Stanley Forman photographed a racially-motivated assault that crystallized one of the most tense times in Boston’s history.

While covering a demonstration by white protesters who opposed court-ordered busing to desegregate Boston’s public schools, Forman photographed a white teenager attack a young black lawyer with an American flag. The lawyer, Ted Landsmark, had been walking on City Hall Plaza when he was assaulted.  The protester wielding the flag was 17-year-old Joseph Rakes, who lived in South Boston. 

The photograph became known as “The Soiling of Old Glory” and won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography. 

The act of violence has haunted Boston for years.

The late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino once said: “No one should have to look at Stanley Forman’s photos but everyone needs to.”

Forman presented Menino with an autographed print of the image for his office at Boston University. Menino told him he hated the picture.  

Since 1983, Forman has been a journalist and videographer with Ch.5 (WCVB-TV) in Boston. We recently discussed his historic photograph. 

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Picture Boston: Let’s start with the obvious, and probably my toughest question. How have Boston’s race relations changed since “Soiling”?

Forman: Forty years later I believe race relations have certainly gotten better. But looking back, not being a black man I did not realize the anger or hatred there was. I was single, no children and I wasn’t busing my children from my neighborhood to another. I grew up in Revere in a white neighborhood  (with) only a handful of blacks in the schools. I guess I was naive about racism. 

Picture Boston: Do you remember the first time you met Ted Landsmark, after the event?

Forman: I’m not sure about the first time I met Ted but I do remember the time my family and I were crossing the street by the Government Center Garage and there was Ted coming the opposite way in the crosswalk. It was very exciting for me to have my family meet him.

Picture Boston: When were you hired at Boston Herald American and how many years were you on staff prior to the photo?

Forman : I began at the Record American November 22, 1966. I had just finished my first photography job being the campaign photographer for Attorney General  Edward Brooke’s successful campaign to become a US Senator.
 
Picture Boston: Was it an assignment or did you hear it on police scanner?

Forman: I had arrived at the office just before 9 a.m. I asked city editor Al Salie what was going on. He told me Gene Dixon was at a demo at City Hall. I asked if I could go and join him. After doing a quick errand I arrived at City Hall as the anti-busing rally was coming down the stairs after visiting city Councilor Louise Day Hicks. Hicks a well known anti-busing proponent invited them in to the chambers for a salute to the flag and had milk and cookies for the group. When they came out of the (building) there was a group of black students going into the Hall and there was a confrontation in front of me. I then switched from my 35 (millimeter) lens to my 20 (millimeter) lens.

Picture Boston : Were you scared for Mr. Landsmark’s safety?

Forman: Yes,  I looked over my shoulder I saw a black man turning into the Plaza. I just knew he was going to be attacked. 

Picture Boston : Were you scared for your safety?

Forman: I ran down as the assault unfolded.  It was over in seconds. BPD only had a couple of cops directly with the group. There (were) dozens waiting on the side lines. I did not have time to think of my safety —  just went with the flow. I did worry about my safety after the photo was published. I was threatened many times.

Picture Boston: Did you know the magnitude of the photograph when you snapped photo?

Forman: I took the image and followed the group to Post Office Square not realizing the impact the image had. Herald American reporter Joe Driscoll  caught up with me in the Square telling me about (what happened) via the AP wire and he was dispatched from the office. I said, “I have the photo of it!”  Of course I had no idea what I had gotten. I knew I had motor drive trouble and there was no instant looking at the back of your camera 40 years ago.

Picture Boston: Have you ever met Joseph Rakes?

I have never met Joe Rakes but I became friendly with his brother Stevie due to the ongoing Whitey Bulger saga. I gave Stevie an autographed copy of the photo.

For more on Ted Landsmark, check out this 3-part story by the Boston Herald’s Jack Encarnacao.

 

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From young ballerinas readying for their first-of-the-year recital, to a man threatening to jump off the Tobin Bridge, 2015 had many memorable moments that I witnessed. Here are some of them. Photos taken on and off my Boston Herald shift. Thank you to the Herald, and to my subjects, many of whom are first responders.

May 15, 2015-Winthrop,MA Clockwise from top left, Allison Sullivan, Sarah Delehanty, Jenny Delehanty and Kailey Sullivan get ready for their first dance recital of the year.

May 15, 2015-Winthrop,MA Clockwise from top left, Allison Sullivan, Sarah Delehanty, Jenny Delehanty and Kailey Sullivan get ready for their first dance recital of the year.

11/06/2015-Boston,MA. Saniyah Brathwaite, the granddaughter of murder victim Clive Francis Sr., prays during a solemn moment at her grandfather's funeral at Greater Love Tabernacle Church, Friday morning. She is sitting on the lap of her mother Keosha Francis, Clive's daughter.

11/06/2015-Boston,MA. Saniyah Brathwaite, the granddaughter of murder victim Clive Francis Sr., prays during a solemn moment at her grandfather’s funeral at Greater Love Tabernacle Church, Friday morning. She is sitting on the lap of her mother Keosha Francis, Clive’s daughter.

01/23/2015-Boston,MA. A high altitude passenger jet crossing in front of tonight's crescent moon.

01/23/2015-Boston,MA. A high altitude passenger jet crossing in front of tonight’s crescent moon.

April 8, 2015-Winthrop,MA. A bird soars as the rising moon and clouds frame it.

April 8, 2015-Winthrop,MA. A bird soars as the rising moon and clouds frame it.

09/27/2015-Boston,MA. Tonight's blood red super moon eclipse is seen at timed intervals.

09/27/2015-Boston,MA. Tonight’s blood red super moon eclipse is seen at timed intervals.

August 4, 2015-Boston,MA. Lightning strikes over Boston as a line of severe weather passes through.

August 4, 2015-Boston,MA. Lightning strikes over Boston as a line of severe weather passes through.

11/14/2015-Boston,MA. Braylon O'Neill, age 6 years, runs at the 3rd Ossur Boston Running and Mobility Clinic, Saturday morning.

11/14/2015-Boston,MA. Braylon O’Neill, age 6 years, runs at the 3rd Ossur Boston Running and Mobility Clinic, Saturday morning.

August 20, 2015-Winthrop,MA Low level and wind-whipped fog shrouds a jetliner departing from Boston's Logan International airport.

August 20, 2015-Winthrop,MA Low level and wind-whipped fog shrouds a jetliner departing from Boston’s Logan International airport.

06/02/15-Boston,MA. Law enforcement officials lift a knife that was believed to be being held by a man who police and the Joint Terrorism Task Force shot this morning at 4600 Washington St. in Roslindale.

06/02/15-Boston,MA. Law enforcement officials lift a knife that was believed to be being held by a man who police and the Joint Terrorism Task Force shot this morning at 4600 Washington St. in Roslindale.

04/16/15-Boston,MA. A truck dangles over MBTA Red Line tracks and the South East Expressway, in the south bound lane, during Thursday morning's commute. The truck crash was reported to the State Police shortly after 6am.

04/16/15-Boston,MA. A truck dangles over MBTA Red Line tracks and the South East Expressway, in the south bound lane, during Thursday morning’s commute. The truck crash was reported to the State Police shortly after 6am.

02/19/2015-Revere,MA. Lola, awaits Revere firefighters who rescued the dog along with anotherr dog, from out of an icy body of water near Oak Island St. Thursday afternoon, after the dogs fell through the ice and had to be rescued.

02/19/2015-Revere,MA. Lola, awaits Revere firefighters who rescued the dog along with anotherr dog, from out of an icy body of water near Oak Island St. Thursday afternoon, after the dogs fell through the ice and had to be rescued.

02/19/2015-Revere,MA. Revere firefighters rescue Thunder and Lola, from out of an icy body of water near Oak Island St. Thursday afternoon, after the dogs fell through the ice and had to be rescued.

02/19/2015-Revere,MA. Revere firefighters rescue Thunder and Lola, from out of an icy body of water near Oak Island St. Thursday afternoon, after the dogs fell through the ice and had to be rescued.

09/16/2015-Boston,MA. Daniel Diaz, a resident of 25 Ridgewood St., is seen in front of his burned-out residence hours after he was awakened by flames and heroically notified other occupants, probably saving lives at the 2 alarm fire Wednesday morning.

09/16/2015-Boston,MA. Daniel Diaz, a resident of 25 Ridgewood St., is seen in front of his burned-out residence hours after he was awakened by flames and heroically notified other occupants, probably saving lives at the 2 alarm fire Wednesday morning.

06/11/15-Boston,MA. Laura Dos Santos, the mother of 16 year old shooting victim Jonathan Dos Santos, holds a photo of him with his sister, in better times. Jonathan was shot dead last night.

06/11/15-Boston,MA. Laura Dos Santos, the mother of 16 year old shooting victim Jonathan Dos Santos, holds a photo of him with his sister, in better times. Jonathan was shot dead last night.

02/06/2015-Revere, MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Ave. Friday morning.

02/06/2015-Revere, MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Ave. Friday morning.

02/06/2015-Revere,MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Rd. Friday morning.

02/06/2015-Revere,MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Rd. Friday morning.

02/06/2015-Revere, MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Ave. Friday morning.

02/06/2015-Revere, MA. Firefighters battle flames, smoke and cold air at the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Reservoir Ave. Friday morning.

 

06/10/15-Boston,MA. A man, threatening to jump from Boston's Tobin Bridge, is seen climbing the bridge this evening as a police negotiator, bottom left, speaks to him through a bull horn. The man climbed down after 2 hours atop the bridge.

06/10/15-Boston,MA. A man, threatening to jump from Boston’s Tobin Bridge, is seen climbing the bridge this evening as a police negotiator, bottom left, speaks to him through a bull horn. The man climbed down after 2 hours atop the bridge.

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Memorable, tragic moments from my year in Boston photos, 2014.

From an apartment building fire in Lowell that killed 7, to a Back Bay brownstone that killed two brave firefighters, the tragic moments from my 2014 were plentiful. A Revere tornado in the summer is still causing pain to the  homeless victims. A sunrise shines off of windows on Drydock Ave. There were also happy outcomes, like Sylvie, the Southie Husky who ended up stuck in ice off Castle Island and who was rescued by Boston firefighter Sean Coyle. Many of these photographs were taken during my 6:30am shift for the Boston Herald. There are also some aviation photos here, my passionate pastime. Thanks for viewing and being a friend. Please check out my new website. 

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