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    OC Register: Disneyland photographer Renie Bardeau dies at 86

    The man who arguably best documented the world’s first theme park over his long career has died at age 86, at his retirement home in Glendale, Arizona.

    Renie Bardeau — a publicity photographer at Disneyland for nearly 40 years — died of kidney failure Monday, after having recently contracted COVID-19, his daughter, Debbie Bardeau said Tuesday from her house in Carson.

    “What little fight he had left in him, we think the COVID took it from him,” Debbie Bardeau said.

    He was responsible for one of the most iconic photos ever taken of the park: An image of Walt Disney strolling in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Snapped in 1964, it became known as the “Footsteps” photo, and was subsequently printed and sold on shirts, coffee mugs, lithographs and posters. He estimated that he’d taken hundreds of thousands of other pictures over the years, including 100,000 of Mickey Mouse.

    He also shot celebrities and royalty visiting the park including Japanese Emperor Hirohito, presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, Sen. Robert Kennedy, astronaut John Glenn, actors Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant and John Wayne.
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    Disneyland issued a statement reading, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Renie Bardeau, who will long be remembered for some of the most iconic Disneyland photography ever published. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.”...


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    [The full story and a gallery of Bardeau's photographs are at the link.]


    "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
    designed to appeal to everyone."

    - Walt Disney

    "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
    - Michael Eisner

    "It's very symbiotic."
    - Bob Chapek

  • #2
    Sad loss.

    I was unaware of how many notable Disney photos he took.

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    • #3
      Bardeau's photographs
      was use in many Disneyland postcards and booklets for years
      Like the one of Walt Disney and MICKEY
      YEP ,he was
      Legendary Disneyland & Walt Disney photographer !
      IMO



      Soaring like an EAGLE !

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      • #4
        It would be nice if they gave him a window.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by UltimateSurvivor View Post
          It would be nice if they gave him a window.
          In my OP I should have quoted this part of the article:

          “Following his retirement in 1998, Renie was presented with a Window on Main Street, U.S.A., fittingly located above the Main Street Photo Supply Co.” Disneyland said in its statement. “It reads: ‘Kingdom Photo Services, The Magic Eye to the World, Renie Bardeau.’”
          "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
          it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
          together with every variety of recreation and fun,
          designed to appeal to everyone."

          - Walt Disney

          "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
          - Michael Eisner

          "It's very symbiotic."
          - Bob Chapek

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          • #6
            ‘Kingdom Photo Services, The Magic Eye to the World, Renie Bardeau.’”
            Great Ideal place for a special window -above the Main Street Photo Supply Co.
            Soaring like an EAGLE !

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            • #7
              Very sad to hear he has passed. He must have had so much fun over the years capturing some great moments inside the park as well as getting some amazing and more intimate photos of Walt. It's always nice to know when someone is able to do something they truly love for a career and have fun doing it -- obviously Mr. Bardeau did just that. Just like Disney himself, Bardeau's photos have given me a lot of creative inspiration and joy for many years.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
                OC Register: Disneyland photographer Renie Bardeau dies at 86

                The man who arguably best documented the world’s first theme park over his long career has died at age 86, at his retirement home in Glendale, Arizona.

                Renie Bardeau — a publicity photographer at Disneyland for nearly 40 years — died of kidney failure Monday, after having recently contracted COVID-19, his daughter, Debbie Bardeau said Tuesday from her house in Carson.

                “What little fight he had left in him, we think the COVID took it from him,” Debbie Bardeau said.

                He was responsible for one of the most iconic photos ever taken of the park: An image of Walt Disney strolling in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Snapped in 1964, it became known as the “Footsteps” photo, and was subsequently printed and sold on shirts, coffee mugs, lithographs and posters. He estimated that he’d taken hundreds of thousands of other pictures over the years, including 100,000 of Mickey Mouse.

                He also shot celebrities and royalty visiting the park including Japanese Emperor Hirohito, presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, Sen. Robert Kennedy, astronaut John Glenn, actors Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant and John Wayne.
                Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here.

                Disneyland issued a statement reading, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Renie Bardeau, who will long be remembered for some of the most iconic Disneyland photography ever published. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.”...


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                [The full story and a gallery of Bardeau's photographs are at the link.]

                Oh....this is so saddening Prayers for his family.

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                • #9
                  Very sad to hear he passed. What an incredible man he was with an amazing legacy! My prayers to his family!
                  You know, I have the strangest feeling that I've seen that ship before. A long time ago, when I was very young. ―George Darling
                  It seems to me that we have a lot of story yet to tell. ― Walt Disney

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