History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

10 January, 2012

On Assignment

Photojournalists simply don't come any better than those that worked for LIFE magazine.  Here we see some of LIFE's top photographers in action, from the operating room to the heart of combat. 

With almost every portrait I have linked to a picture from the photographer's assignment (or a very similar one, if I couldn't find it exactly); click the photograph for the link. 




Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in surgical gown and mask covering "painless childbirth" at a hospital in Philadelphia, USA, 1944. Source



Alfred Eisenstaedt photographing artist Thomas Hart Benton in Benton's studio, Martha's Vineyard, MA, USA, 1957. Source



Photographer Carl Mydans on assignment covering Khrushchev's visit to the US, 1959. Source



'LIFE photographer Carl Mydans (C) w. other photographers aboard ship bound for Luzon and Gen. Douglas MacArthur's "return to the Philippines" ', 1945. Source



Photographers Carl Mydans and George Silk on assignment in Italy, 1944. Source



Photographer Francis Miller shooting the presidential beagles at the White House, 1964. Source



Frank Scherschel covering the wedding of Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth in London, 1947. Source




Photographer Larry Burrows on assignment in Vietnam, 1963. Source




Photographer Margaret Bourke-White preparing to photograph from high in NYC, while with Fortune magazine in 1931. Source



Margaret Bourke-White in flying suit with aerial camera, in front of the bomber "in which she made combat mission photographs of the US attack on Tunis." Algeria, 1943.



Photographer Paul Schutzer on assignment in Vietnam. Source



Paul Schutzer in Iran after a major earthquake, 1962. Source



Photographer Paul Schutzer in East Berlin, 1961. Source



Photographer Nina Leen shooting a swimsuit model, 1945. Source



Photographer Robert Capa in gear, preparing to jump in with the troops in WW2, 1945. Source



Robert Capa in gear again, preparing for D-Day landings, 1944. Source




Photographer Ralph Morse in flight gear while shooting a story on the space program, 1954. Source




Photographer Yale Joel trying on a toupee while on assignment at a wig and toupee shop, NYC, 1954. Source



Photographer J. R. Eyerman covering damaged areas in Japan, 1945. Source




Photographer Co Rentmeester, wounded during action in Vietnam, 1968 (he was okay). Source



Photographer Co Rentmeester in better circumstances, with Javanese children in Java, Indonesia, 1968. Source




Photographer Bob Landry posing for a photo with the king of Saudi Arabia, 1942. Source




Bob Landry with his camera, 1945. Source

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