In Tribute: Magic in the moment

Magic in the Moment

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Christopher Weigl

A baby resting on his mother’s shoulder. A rock star performing on Election Night. A wave of steam rising from a hot spring. The late Christopher Weigl (’13) captured these moments—and many others—with his camera. The 23-year-old photojournalism student was killed while cycling in a collision with a tractor-trailer at Commonwealth Avenue and St. Paul Street on December 6, 2012.

Those who knew Weigl at BU describe him as an extraordinary student and positive person who inspired trust in those he photographed. Weigl, who grew up in Southborough, Massachusetts, hoped to travel with a wire service and share, through his photos, the work of the interesting people he’d encounter.

“Photography has the unique ability to tell the story of a moment in time that will never be relived,” he once wrote. “The capture of emotion in a split second is a truly powerful, almost magical, ability.”

In Weigl’s honor, his parents have established the Christopher John Weigl Award for Excellence in Visual Journalism, offered annually to a COM graduate student. Andrew and Bonnie Weigl presented the award to Sarah Ganzhorn (’14) at COM’s Master’s Hooding Ceremony May 17. Proceeds from the sale of Weigl’s photos support the award.

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