In Memory Of Lucien Capehart, 1946-2012

It is with great sorrow that we must say goodbye to a longtime member of the Quest family, famed Palm Beach society photographer Lucien Capehart, who died last week of lung disease at the age of 65. His camera skills and delightful charm will be sorely missed.

Capehart photographed many covers for Quest over the years, including many of our annual Palm Beach issues, plus countless party shots. His last cover for us, pictured above, was this January’s, in which Capehart assembled  several generations of the Pulitzer family.

“Lucien was as good a guy as he was a skilled photographer,” says Quest publisher Chris Meigher. “He lacked the pretensions of so many “creatives,” which opened up a full access from his almost always adoring subjects. We worked together for almost three decades, and I never heard him complain about nor criticize any situation or individual — even when he had plenty of cause to do so (and then some!) I’ll miss his prodigious and professional contributions to Quest, but most of all I’ll miss him as a kind and supportive pal. Godspeed, old friend.”

“It was my great pleasure to work with Lucien on our Palm Beach cover shoot for the last three years,” adds Quest executive editor Georgina Schaeffer. “Lucien’s ability to put every subject at ease in front of a camera, his tireless work ethic and consummate professionalism, and his boundless enthusiasm for the people and the community of Palm Beach will be irreplaceable. The sound of his laugh and the way he smiled through his eyes is what I will remember most. He was a gentleman of the highest order and it was my true joy to know him.”

The Palm Beach Daily News ran this wonderful tribute to Capehart, while the Palm Beach Post offered this homage.