Andrew Lopez


UPI staff photographer Andrew Lopez (Spain, 1910-Florida, USA, 1986) came to the United States when he was four years old. During World War II, Lopez was a war correspondent for UPI and went to Europe and Pacific. In Europe, he covered the Allied landings in Normandy, the push to Paris, the Battle of the Bulge and the entry into Germany. He was wounded a few days before Paris was liberated and returned to the US for several weeks. Following his European assignment, he went to the Pacific where he remained until the end of the war. He covered the signing of the Japanese surrender and also the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll. In 1947, General Dwight D. Eisenhower decorated him with the Medal of Freedom for helping rescue several soldiers who had been caught in a German trap in World War II. Throughout the years, Lopez won many prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1959 for photos he made in Cuba during the revolution. 

Andrew Lopez retired in 1983 and moved to Florida from New York City with his wife Amy, where he died on 30 October 1986.