Our beloved friend Jim Dietz passed away unexpectedly and suddenly on January 30th, 2019.
Jim was a brilliant man who worked as a master technician for Getty Images at events all over the world. He was an inventor, a craftsman, a tinkerer, an engineer and an all around Renaissance man. If you had a problem or something to wire, build or fix, he was always there to make it work. You could always count on Jim.
His schedule was hectic and harried, as he traveled globally supporting major events like the Olympics, the World Cup, and the Superbowl for Getty Images. And yet, he made time to volunteer and contribute to the photo community in many capacities. When he was home, he had a frequent presence at the nonprofit, NYC Salt, a photography program serving low income high school students, because he loved inspiring and mentoring young people. He helped them edit and archive their images, coached them in workflow, and gave them general life and professional advice. He helped install gallery exhibits and build out two studios for NYC Salt. He was also an important volunteer to the Eddie Adam's Workshop where he also used his technical mastermind and editing skills to run all the technology behind the scenes. He made friends wherever he went and will be dearly missed by everyone.
Jim has two daughters, Annalise and Alayna, and was a much loved father. He adored his partner, Diane Turner, and his face would be all smiles and sparkly eyes when he talked about her or was with her. Everyone who knew Jim would agree: he was truly one of those friends that you could just rely on. For anything. Basically, he was your all around super sweet, supportive, loving, encouraging, funny, smart guy. We are devastated that he is gone.
In his memory, Diane and his family have set up a memorial fund in partnership with the nonprofit, NYC Salt. Proceeds will be used to support students from underserved backgrounds who desire to pursue college and a career in an industry that Jim loved. All donations are 100% tax deductible.