Wayne (Dick) Whittington, who opened one of the first commercial photography studios in Los Angeles and over the years took many if not most of the photos that now fill the archives of those concerned with preserving the city's heritage, is dead at age 89.
He died Monday in a Torrance hospital.
In a career that lasted nearly 60 years Whittington, among other things, devised a mobile laboratory that made possible the transmission of the first photos of the Rose Bowl football game directly from the stadium to newspapers and wire services in the Midwest and East, captured the spectacle of the 1932 Olympics and the early air races that emanated from Mines Field, now Los Angeles International Airport, and sold sports and news photos to newspapers that their own cameramen had missed.
Millions of Negatives
The millions of negatives that his staff amassed over those years now repose at California State University, Long Beach, and the Huntington Library in San Marino.
Whittington, a native of Los Angeles and a former USC student, first set up shop in a garage at his home near the USC campus. As business expanded, he converted the studio and home to a Tudor garden complex, complete with swimming pool for aquatic assignments.