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Tim Chapman spent 40 years working as a photographer for The Miami Herald. He covered wars, hurricanes, riots, earthquakes, mass exoduses from Cuba, kidnappings, plane crashes, death and mayhem, including Guyana’s Jonestown massacre in 1978.
Chapman moved to Hialeah when he was eight. He attended Hialeah High, Miami Dade College and the University of Miami (UM). After graduating from UM in 1972, he went to work at the Miami Herald as a lab tech processing film and making prints. He shot spot news in his spare time and was promoted to staff photographer after a few months.
During his career, Chapman covered events and conflicts in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Beirut, Cuba, and Haiti. Back in Miami, he photographed hundreds of events, including the Mariel Boatlift and the cocaine cowboy era of the 1980s.
Chapman retired from the Miami Herald in 2012.