Walter Kelleher was an American born photographer from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He worked for the New York Daily News (circa) 1920’s to his death in 1970.
The “Staff of New York Daily News”, of which Kelleher was a part, won a Pulitzer Prize (Photography) in 1956. While the Pulitzer Committee highlighted a 1955 photo of a B26 crash by George Mattson, the award was for the staff’s “consistently excellent news picture coverage in 1955”. Kelleher was named individually as one of the ten finalists for the 1957 Pulitzer prize. This picture and hundreds more went on to define Kelleher’s photojournalism and in 1968 he took Arthur Ashe’s picture at the US Open; the Open many went on to describe as the moment that changed tennis history. His photographs live with us and are seen in everyday life.