This book represents the work of every LIFE magazine staff photographer from the 20th century, as well as a handful of others closely affiliated with the magazine, including Alfred Eisenstadt, Margaret Bourke-White, Gordon Parks, Eugene Smith, and Joe McNally. The Great LIFE Photographers presents the most iconic images of the past century, as well as little-known gems from the LIFE archives.
Many of these images are markers of the major milestones of history–the first pictures from inside the womb or from outer space, Robert Capas falling soldier, and memorable scenes from Tiananmen Square. Defining celebrity portraits of Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles, and Michael Jackson are also featured.
This collection of both color and black-and-white photographs is a vivid fulfillment of Henry Luces charge: To see life; to see the world….To be amazed!
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 is one of the early Life photographers and among the most esteemed photographers of our time. He is also an acclaimed poet, filmmaker and composer. He has 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.