Friday, September 25, 2009

Get a LIFE

LIFE magazine brought photography to the masses. It was not about photograph, but broke much ground in the space of photojournalism. Looking through their photo-archieve you would likely spot many pictures that you would recognize - or should. It was published weekly between 1936 and 1972.

Google books has recently released the complete contents of those issues online. Here is the March 1st, 1968 edition. I point this one out in particular because the cover article is about Georgia O'Keefe. She was an artist more than a photographer, but her husband was Alfred Stieglitz; an infamous gallery owner and influential photographer. Both of them have helped shape the way we see images today, as has Life Magazine.

If these historical topics interest you, then I suggest you subscribe to Jeff Curto's "History of Photography Podcast". An excellent overview of the topic and pretty easy to listen to as well.

P.S. Sorry for the gap in posts this week past - it has been a busy week.
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