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Anacleto Rapping

Anacleto Rapping

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Birth 1955 (San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, U.S.A.)
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Anacleto Rapping (born 1955) is an American photographer and pedagogue.


Anacleto Rapping studied Journalism at San Jose State University (class of 1978).


As staff photographer at Los Angeles Times for over two decades, Rapping has covered Presidential campaigns, Olympic Games, World Cup Soccer tournaments, and the Academy Awards. Concomitantly he has served as a pedagogue at Brooks Institute of Photography, where he is known to stress the importance of foreign travel. Moreover, he helped launch three new feature sections at Los Angeles Times—Sunday Calendar, Home and Outdoors.

Rapping previously worked for the Hartford Courant in Connecticut and the Thousand Oaks News Chronicle in California. His assignments have taken place in South Africa, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Singapore, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States. He has photographed four Summer Olympic Games, one Winter Olympics and three World Cup Soccer tournaments.

Rapping is also known for his portrait photography. Over the decades, subjects have included Don Cheadle, Keith Richards, David Woodard, Bjork, Dennis Hopper, Bill Clinton, Pat Boone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ben Affleck.


Rapping has the distinct honor of sharing three Pulitzer Prizes for team coverage in news. Individually he has received a Pulitzer nomination for his photography at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In 1986 he was awarded 2nd prize in the World Press Photo contest, and in 1996 he received three POYI awards.

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