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The Great LIFE Photographers Paperback – October 21, 2010
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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
About the Author
Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was one of the early Life photographers and among the most esteemed photographers of our time. He was also an acclaimed poet, filmmaker and composer who published several books with Bulfinch, including the acclaimed Half Past Autumn (1997).
John Loengard is a veteran LIFE photographer and a chronicler of LIFE's illustrious history. He received the Henry Luce Lifetime Achievement Award for 2004 from Time, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is arranged alphabetically and each photographer gets between five and eight images plus their photo and short hundred or so word biography. Now it's possible to see who took so many images that defined a moment and became classic examples of photojournalism and also to see other examples of their great work. John Loengard's introduction does not say so but I assume all the photos did appear in Life and they cover the years from 1936 (when the title started) to 1997. The book is well designed with mostly one photo per page (well printed in 175 dpi) and a caption and nicely some photos get longer captions where a photographer reveals some background detail about their images.
There are a lot of news type photos here, especially from the Second World War years but equally as many taken from the photo-essay style work that Life became famous for. Others show celebrities and ordinary folk going about their lives. These photos are so good that you have to stop and really take notice of what they are telling you. I think this wonderful book is a strong visual reminder of how great Life was.
A fascinating book that came out some years ago: Great Photographic Essays from Life and still available (quite cheaply, too) has twenty-two photo essays reproduced slightly smaller than they originally appeared in the weekly.Read more ›
Life editors perfected the photo essay. To do this, they hired some of the finest photographers in the world. This work showcases the work of 99 of those photographers in 698 color and black-and-white photos.
It is a glorious work. Life photographers were perfectionists. The technicians at the Life labs who printed their work were perfectionists. The editors who selected, cropped and laid out the work of the photographers and lab techs were perfectionists.
The result was for nearly sixty years a collection of some of the finest photography created in the 20th Century. It is sad that public tastes changed, that television overwhelmed the desire to leaf through the pages of magazines like Life.
The news in those days was largely captured in the still photograph. And here many of them are. The young Shah of Iran talking with Wendell Wilkie, the 1940 Republican Presidential candidate on a flight somewhere. An iconic photo of fashion-plate Jacqueline Kennedy and nattily-clad toddler son John, Jr. walking along the ocean in Palm Beach. American soldiers passing by a fallen comrade on a brige across the Roer River.The dazzingly beautiful 16 year old Elizabeth Taylor and incredibly intense 24 year old Marlon Brando two years before his first film role. The crowded Saturday night main street in small town Franklin, Indiana in 1940.Read more ›
Each photographer gets a spread of from 2 - 10 pages. The number of photos shown for each photographer ranges from 2 - 13. The photos are in all sizes, and there are many two-page spreads.
Though I love reading the written word, it is so true that a picture can replace a thousand words. John Dominis' photo of a leopard faced down by a howling baboon is electrifying. Samuel Goldwyn taking his daily walk, with his chauffeur driving his Rolls Royce alongside, is hilarious. Marilyn Monroe in her "ballerina" dress, that photo will outlive you and me together.
And then there's the horrors. You can read a description of a concentration camp survivor, but it's nothing as riveting as a photo. So many famous photos came out of Vietnam, you'd think we'd never go to war again.
Many of the photos in this book are famous, and justly so. Everything from world news to intimate glimpses to celebrities. I'm not always a fan of celebrity photos, but sometimes they tell a story, too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed in a couple of previous Life magazine retrospectives (there have been many over the years) & was therefore initially reluctant to get this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Book Happy
These pics are amazing. So much history and I enjoy reading about the photographers who captured these moments. A wonderful book.Published 23 months ago by Tracey Atwell
Came in perfect condition! It said it might have scuff marks and writing/highlighting but the book came nicely packaged and in almost new condition. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Hira Imran
Unfortunately for me I misplaced this book while I was at school and never saw it again. Someone had taken it and never turned it in. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Arnulfo
Bought 20 books as gifts. Everyone loved them. So many images and stories to get lost in. Quality was great.Published on January 26, 2014 by Jonz
What you had read about comes to live with these amazing photographs, up close. A must have for history readers, book collectors and photojournalists.Published on January 20, 2014 by Chen Wei Seng