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From 1936 until the end of the 20th century, the photographers of Life magazine travelled the globe to chronicle in pictures every aspect of the human condition. This book is their testament, and it in turn is a testament to their talent, creativity and, indeed, their courage. 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 portfolios by over 100 of the greatest photographers the world has ever known, including Alfred Eisenstadt, Margaret Bourke-White, Carl Mydans, Gordon Parks, W. Eugene Smith, Robert Capa, Ralph Morse, Nina Leen, Harry Benson, Philippe Halsman and, most recently, Joe McNally. Here are Capa's pictures from the D-Day landing, Mydans's of MacArthur striding ashore, Bourke-White's evidence of the Holocaust, David Douglas Duncan's Korea, Larry Burrows's Vietnam, Ralph Morse's chronicle of the Mercury 7 astronauts. Here are intimate, defining and revealing portraits of celebrities, from Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe to the Beatles and Michael Jackson. This is a volume of living history - the history of our times, as seen by the photographers who captured and immortalized it.
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John Loengard has edited numerous books for Life, including Life: Faces and Life Photographers: What They Saw. Gordon Parks is one of the very greatest of Life's photographers: 'Twenty-odd years at Life taught me to take the measure of the world that surrounds us. I saw the world differently.'Review:
A Good Morning America Best Coffee Table Book of the Season, Charles Gibson Selection, 2004
I cannot recommend the LIFE collection highly enough. It intrigues and stimulates more than the sea of data that sweeps through our lives each day. (The Guardian )
Images such as one of the Beatles cavorting in a swimming pool are instantly recognizable, but less well-known photos, such as a 1952 shot of a roller-skating horse, are equally charming. (BusinessWeek )
The Great LIFE Photographers... depicts the evolution of photography from the early 1940s until the end of the 20th century. [It] is 600 pages from start to finish and will captivate and inspire any type of photographer. (TakeGreatPictures.com )
The Great LIFE Photographers features pictures by more than 200 of the century's best photojournalists on staff at the magazine throughout its history. But lesser-known works still retain enormous storytelling power decades later, attesting to the skill and artistry of photographers who placed themselves mere feet from the action to frame the shot. (BookPage )
A great gift. (The Art Quarterly )
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Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0500542937