LIFE: Part Two

After doing some research on the web and looking through several books (which I will list below). I have finally put together yet another collection of pictures from LIFE magazine by photographers who I think have contributed in shaping photojournalism as we know it today.

If you haven’t already seen part one, I suggest you click here first. 🙂

Premiere at La Scala, Milan, 1934

“I see pictures all the time,” Eisenstaedt once said. He saw a picture this night, as an audience awaited an opening night performance at the famed La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy. Eisenstaedt was looking about and shooting when “suddenly I saw a lovely young society girl sitting next to an empty box. From that box, I took another picture, with the girl in the foreground. For years and years, this has been one of my prize photographs. Without the girl I would not have had a memorable picture.”

Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Children at a Puppet Theater, 1963.

Wide range of facial expressions on children at puppet show – The moment the dragon is slain, Guignol puppet show, Parc de Montsouris, Paris, 1963.

Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1945

Emaciated male prisoners, victims of Nazi genocide, staring through barbed wire fence at their liberators after American forces overran the Buchenwald concentration camp.
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White

The American Way, 1937.

Famous image of African American flood victims lined up to get food & clothing from a Red Cross relief station in front of billboard ironically extolling WORLD’S HIGHEST STANDARD OF LIVING/ THERE’S NO WAY LIKE THE AMERICAN WAY.
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White

American Gothic, 1942

African American cleaning woman Ella Watson standing w. broom & mop in front of American flag, reinterpretation of Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” painting by photographer Gordon Parks as part of Depression era survey for Farm Security Administration.
Photographer: Gordon Parks
The Chrysler Building, 1935
A portrait of Margaret Bourke-White taking striking pictures of the Chrysler building’s majestic spire, while situated atop its 61st-floor gargoyles. This portrait of the artist as a young daredevil was taken by her assistant.
Photographer: Oscar Graubner

Perfect Ten Point Diving, 1962

Diver Kathy Flicker, 14, making her entry into the water during practice at the Dillon Gym pool on the campus of Princeton Univ.
Photography: George Silk

Sorta Synchronized, 1953

A portrait of the championship Canadian aquacade team during demonstration performance in Silver Springs, Fla.
Photographer: Philippe Halsman

The Lindy Hop, 1943

Professional dancers Willa Mae Ricker & Leon James show off the Lindy Hop which evolved in 1927 after Lindbergh’s flight when improvisational dancers in Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom caused an observer to exclaim “It looks like their doin’ the “Lindy Hop.”
Photographer: Gjon Mili

3-D Movie, 1952

3-D Movie Viewers. Formally attired audience sporting 3-D (3D) glasses during opening night screening of movie “Bwana Devil,” the 1st full length, color 3-D (aka “Natural Vision”) motion picture, at Paramount Theater, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: J. R. Eyerman

Photographer, 1951

Photographer Dennis Stock holding camera to his face so that the lens looks like his right eye & viewfinder his left eye. June 1951
Photographer: Andreas Feininger
Life: The Classic Collection
Photos That Changed the World: The 20th Century
LIFE Image Archive on Google
  1. msha3erha said:

    Totally love these two:
    1- Children at a Puppet Theater, 1963.

    Children are the smile of this life =) I can’t resist their pictures and expressions…

    2- Photographer, 1951

    An amazing photo,,,,, the shadow is unbelievably effective….

    • The photo with the children cracks me up every time I see it. T7senhom they’re taking this puppet show very seriously.
      Thank you so much for stopping by! 😀

  2. Hanaa said:

    Loved the 4th & 6th photo.

    Off topic: 5ala9tay mn fight club wedde atesalefa mnch 5ebrech my book (ee ee my m’3aber book) sharaf
    3ala elenteha2 :s Please :S

    • Hahahaha ana sam3a hal 7achi min last summer w ma shifna shay. 😛
      Enshalla I’m almost finishing Fight Club bs 9ayer ma 3inde wagt agra ma3a ildawam.

  3. Athoob said:

    I’ve this children photo before. It is a shame that now photographers in Europe are unable to photograph children due to the strict regulations. People have forgotten that many old time photographers became well known history shapers by some of their photos of kids and urban life.

    I’ve never known this amazing blog before. All the best 🙂

    • Hi Athob,
      Awal shay taw ma nawarat ilblog 🙂 w I must say I have very much enjoyed looking at your work, specially the Friends of Spiritual project. Truly outstanding!
      As for the laws restricting street photography in Europe, I always thought it was alright to photograph people on the street and such as long as you’re taking the pictures in a public place and not invading anyone’s privacy with a gigantic telephoto lens 😛 I’m not sure if the same thing goes for children.
      Btw, I’ve added you to my blogroll. Hope you don’t mind!

  4. Mohammed said:

    I love the “3-D Movie” image. Patterns technique is one of my favorites in photography.

    Children at a Puppet Theater is probably the best one in my opinion. Excellent.

  5. noorams said:

    i can honestly say the best i’ve seen even with modern digital photography :O !!

    • Thank you so much for introducing me to the work of Norman McLaren. You have no idea how this short film inspired me.
      I can’t believe I never heard of him before!

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