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Luis Sinco


Luis Sinco is a photojournalist with more than 20 years of experience. His career started with small, ethnic community newspapers in Seattle and Los Angeles. In 1987, he got a job as a reporter-photographer with Copley Los Angeles Newspapers. He was a freelance photographer for four years before joining the staff of the Los Angeles Times in 1997.

Sinco was part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams for the Times—for coverage of the Northridge Earthquake and for the 2004 California wildfires. In 2003 and 2004, the Times assigned him to cover the war in Iraq. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his photographic coverage of the battle of Fallouja.

Born Sept. 11, 1959, Sinco migrated from the Philippines to the United States as a child. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from the University of Washington. He has lived in Long Beach, California, since 1984. He is married to Caroline Brady, and they have four children.

The Marlboro Marine by Luis Sinco

To those who serve in the armed forces, what is the aftereffect of war? The Marlboro Marine is photographer Luis Sinco's portrait of Marine Corporal James Blake Miller, whom he met in Iraq. For Miller, coming home has been its own battle.

The Marlboro Marine for Los Angeles Times

The Marlboro Marine is a three part series produced for the Los Angeles Times, that tells the story behind Luis Sinco's photograph of soldier James Blake Miller and his struggle as he tries to rebuild his life after a tour of duty.