The Great LIFE Photographers

The Great LIFE Photographers

  1. The Editors of Life
  2. Introduction by John Loengard
  • ISBN 9780500288368
  • 22.20 x 17.90 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 608pp
  • With 600 photographs in colour and black and white
  • First published 2009
‘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
‘It’s hard to think of anyone who wouldn’t love to receive this book’ – The Independent
‘Wonderful … the bargain price alone should be worth taking a punt, but the production quality is also excellent. … Compact yet dramatic … Put this on your coffee table and it will be a conversation piece forever’ – Amateur Photographer

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This is the most comprehensive anthology of LIFE photography ever assembled.
An enormous international success in hardback – now available in a new, compact, paperback edition.

The best work of every LIFE magazine staff photographer, as well as that of a handful of others closely affiliated with the magazine – 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's memorable work for LIFE in the aftermath of September 11.

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.

Short biographical profiles, along with portraits of all the photographers, accompany the portfolios making the book not just stunning to look at but a comprehensive resource.

See a list of the Great LIFE Photographers

John Loengard has edited numerous books for LIFE, and recently published his own collection, As I See It.