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The Great LIFE Photographers

The Editors of Life

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The most comprehensive anthology of LIFE photography ever assembled


The best work of every LIFE magazine staff photographer, as well as that of a handful of others closely affiliated with the magazine, is on display in this book. Here are the portfolios by over 100 great photographers, including Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, Carl Mydans, Gordon Parks, W. Eugene Smith, Robert Capa, Ralph Morse, Nina Leen, Harry Benson, Philippe Halsman, and Joe McNally, whose memorable work for LIFE in the aftermath of September 11 was in the finest tradition of the magazine.

This is the most comprehensive anthology of LIFE photography ever assembled, and illustrates the strengths that made many of these individuals famous - and LIFE magazine great. An enormous international success in hardback – now available in a new, compact, paperback edition.

In this landmark book, the subjects come alive, and so do the men and women behind the lens. Short biographical profiles, along with portraits of all the photographers, accompany the portfolios, which are arranged alphabetically, making the book an indispensable reference.

This is a volume of living history - the history of our times, as seen by the photographers who captured it.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Edition Type: Reduced Format edition

Size: 22.2 x 17.9 cm

Extent: 608 pp

Publication date: 30 November 2009

ISBN: 9780500288368

Contents List

Introduction by John Loengard • A Reminiscence by Gordon Parks 100 Portfolios

About the Author

Time owner Henry Luce bought LIFE magazine in 1936, solely so that he could acquire the rights to its name, and launched a major weekly news magazine with a strong emphasis on photojournalism. Life was published weekly until 1972, as an intermittent special edition until 1978, and as a monthly edition from 1978 to 2000.

John Loengard’s distinguished career in photography has largely been in the context of his long association with LIFE magazine. He is also the founding picture editor of People magazine. His books include Pictures Under Discussion, LIFE Faces, Classic LIFE Photographs, LIFE Photographers: What They Saw, The Great LIFE Photographers and As I See It.

Gordon Parks was one of the very greatest of LIFE’s photographers.

List of Contributors

John Loengard, Gordon Parks