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The Great LIFE Photographers

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The Great LIFE Photographers is the most comprehensive anthology of LIFE photography ever published, featuring the best work of every staff photographer who worked for the famous magazine, and that of a handful of others who shot for LIFE. It was always the photographers who made LIFE great, and this is the most vivid and exciting portrait of those men and

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The Great LIFE Photographers is the most comprehensive anthology of LIFE photography ever published, featuring the best work of every staff photographer who worked for the famous magazine, and that of a handful of others who shot for LIFE. It was always the photographers who made LIFE great, and this is the most vivid and exciting portrait of those men and women that has ever been produced.

The book offers more than 100 portfolios including those of 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 work for LIFE in the aftermath of September 11 was in the finest tradition of the magazine. Each portfolio includes a short biography, offering an intimate look at the people behind the lens.

Here are the defining moments of the 20th century, including MacArthur wading ashore by Mydans, Capa's D-Day landing at Omaha Beach and, of course, Eisenstaedt's sailor kissing the nurse. Here are the first pictures taken from inside the womb and the first taken from outer space. Here are powerful scenes from Tiananmen Square and from the American South during the Civil Rights movement. LIFE helped make icons of Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles and Michael Jackson, and those indelible photographs are here too.

This attractive new paperback edition is an affordable way to own some of the most memorable photographs ever made, stunningly reproduced in black and white and full color.

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Editorial Reviews

BookPage
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.
BusinessWeek
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.
TakeGreatPictures.com
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.
The Art Quarterly

A great gift.
The Guardian
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.
From the Publisher
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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316097932
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/21/2010
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
367,905
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

LIFE magazine was founded by Henry Luce in 1936 and chronicled every aspect of the human condition through the end of the 20th century.

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.

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Bedhead More than 1 year ago
Wow. I received a copy of this magnificent book for Christmas, and I have become so accustomed to digital photography that I'd forgotten how absolutely spectacular film photography, in all its incarnations, can be. There is something visceral about looking at these photographs on paper. This isn't just a picture book -- it's a collection of experiences. Too good to be missed, I might add. You'll keep coming back. Every time I open this book, I find something new, even though I've been through it from cover to cover many times.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!I am 72,and those pictures brig me memories!!The greatest pictures by the greatest photographers!! I keep this one at hand,and look at a few pictures,each one with a life story behind!!The best if you haven't got all the old issues of Life magazine!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who enjopyed Life magazine or is interested in photography will enjoy The Great Life Photographers. Each photographer has their own section and in it there is a brief decription on their philosophy on photography, how they got into photography, etc. Many of your favorite images or images that have made a lasting impression on you are in this book. Other images that you have not seen before will join those categories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Extra, extra, read all about it, summarizes an ongoing theme throughout, The Great LIFE Photographers. Their pictures are so gripping you feel as though you have known each and every person pictured in those pictures. Below is a story I wrote to summarize this book. **Warning:** If you don't want to learn about this book before reading it yourself please look away or hit the 'back' or (backwards arrow) to return to the previous page! Julia was born on a cold Alaskan night in the summer of 1968. When she was born, her mother Lindy was alarmed by the size of her wrists. They were almost invisible, but Julia had more problems. ¿Is she okay?,¿ Lindy asked. ¿Why isn¿t she crying?¿. ¿That¿s the least of your worries,¿ replied the doctor. The doctor slapped her on the bum and Julia giggled at once. After further testing the doctor had made him decision on what her illness was. He walked into Lindy¿s hospital room. ¿Ma¿am, I¿m sorry to say that your daughter has a terrible illness.¿ Lindy was a little upset, but some not so nice thoughts ran through her head. She thought, ¿I already have one daughter and boy she¿s enough to drive you up a wall.¿ She snapped out of her fog only to realize what the doctor was telling her. ¿Your daughter has a terrible illness now known as small-wrist-itus. There is only one thing we can do and that is to pray and pray alone. There is absolutely no way that we can ever cure her, so she¿ll have to live with these disgraces of wrists for the rest of her life.¿ Days went by and Julia¿s wrists continued to shrink at an alarming rate. There was nothing she could do. After ten years of living with these small wrists of her, Julia decided that she needed to do something about it. ¿Mom, why did God make me like this? Why are my wrists so small? What have I done to deserve these horrible things?¿. ¿You should be lucky that you even have wrists, now set the table!¿. Lindy was furious as usual about the tax problems in her small hometown. ¿My wrists are just as skinny as yours are and you don¿t see me complaining now do you?¿, said Andrea. Andrea was Julia¿s older sister. She was quite husky for a thirteen-year-old. Andrea always had a problem where she thought that whatever someone else had was better, her wrists were as wide as tree trunks, but she just wanted skinny ones. ¿Andrea, just give it a rest! Your wrists are huge! You don¿t have to go through the same torture and torment that I do!¿. Andrea just gave the meek Julia a dirty look and walked upstairs to her bedroom, where she cried for hours and hours about her over-sized wrists. Just as Julia was about to throw her hands up and just die of misery, she met someone who changed her life. She met a man named Jeremiah. They met on a class field-trip. When Julia said, ¿I smell clams!¿, Jeremiah knew that she was his kind of woman. Later that day, when they got back from their field-trip, they went over to Julia¿s house to talk. Julia shed a few tears as she talked about her wrists. ¿I don¿t know why nobody will be my friend! I¿m a nice girl. A little pushy at times, yes, but none the less nice and caring!¿. ¿You see Julia, you are very ugly and it is hard for people to see through that. It¿s like you have a film over you, but once you break through, it, you get to see that you are a person too. You are very ugly and very small, but that has never stopped me from being friends with anybody before now has it?¿. Julia was a little taken aback by his comment, but she knew that he meant her no harm and that she had just found a new friend. After all he was her only friend, and she wasn¿t about to give him up that easily. With her newly-found confidence, Julia walked to school the next day with Jeremiah. During the entire walk, he caressed her hairy arms. They became the best of friends and they spent every waking hour with each other. The day came,