Arnold Hardy, an amateur photographer who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his gripping 1946 photo of a woman falling from a burning hotel, has died. He was 85.
Hardy died Wednesday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications following hip surgery, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He died just two days before the 61st anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1946, fire at Atlanta's Winecoff Hotel -- a disaster that killed 119 people, more than any other hotel fire in U.S. history.
Hardy was a 24-year-old Georgia Tech graduate student and amateur photographer when he took the photo, using his Speed Graphic and his last flashbulb to capture the image.
It shows the woman falling feet first, her skirt flying up and her white underpants stark against the hotel.
Hardy sold the photo to the Associated Press for $300, and it became the defining image of the fire.
Although initial accounts said the woman fell to her death, the 1993 book "The Winecoff Fire" by Sam Heys and Allen B. Goodwin identified the woman as a survivor, Daisy McCumber, 41.