Veteran rock and music industry photo journalist Chuck Pulin died in his sleep during the night of April 20-21. The cause of death has yet to be determined. He was 69.

Pulin, who has been chronicling bands through his camera lens since at least the early 1970's, was a longtime stringer for Billboard. During his career, Pulin photographed everyone from Elvis Presley to Madonna, Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Bon Jovi. "Chuck has one of the most historic collections" of rock photography, says his long-time girlfriend Eileen Millan. "I think the only one he missed out on shooting, and would have loved to photograph, was Jimi Hendrix."

Pulin moved into photo journalism while working for NBC News, according to Millan. "I think he was a writer there and he always heard them saying, 'if only we had a photo to go with this story,' so he began bringing along a camera."

When former Billboard managing editor Ken Schlager joined Billboard in 1985, Pulin was already the main go-to photographer for the magazine, Schlager recalls. "Back then, we used to use a lot of stand-alone photos, so we were able to tell a lot of stories solely through Chuck's camera," Schlager says.

"If you went to any important show, you would always see Chuck there shooting the event," said Schlager. "For Chuck music and photography was just as much as a lifestyle as it was a vocation and I think the musicians sensed this, which is why they were so comfortable whenever he was taking their pictures."

In addition to his girlfriend Millan, Pulin is survived by his sister Janet. While there will be no services for Pulin, who will be cremated, Millan said she and Pulin friends will throw a party celebrating his life at a date and place yet to be determined.

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