[Written by Stephen Wright]
A photograph taken by a former Bermuda policeman of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the late Supreme Court Justice, has been depicted on a postage stamp released by the US Postal Service on Monday [October 2].
Philip Bermingham, who served in the Bermuda Police from 1972 to 1978, became interested in photography as a scenes of crime officer before moving to Washington, DC, where he carved out a decorated photography career.
The image he captured of Justice Ginsburg in 2017, wearing her trademark black judicial robe and a white collar, has been reproduced on the Forever stamp.
It celebrates what the USPS calls Ginsburg’s “groundbreaking contributions to justice, gender equality and the rule of law.”
Ginsburg, who died aged 87 in 2020, served for years as the senior-most member of the court’s liberal wing.
Mr Bermingham met Ginsburg and her husband Marty when applying to purchase a unit at The Watergate in Washington, DC, where the Ginsburgs lived. He bonded with the couple over their shared passion for opera.
The Commemorative Forever Stamp First Day of Issue Ceremony, attended by Mr Bermingham, was held at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
Born in Cheshire, England, Mr Bermingham has photographed some of the world’s most famous people, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, former United States president Richard Nixon, American politician John McCain and his wife Cindy, and opera singer Plácido Domingo.