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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (30 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500288364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500288368
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 4.2 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A spellbinding history of the latter half of the 20th century ... a stunning book' --The Daily Express

`A volume of living history ... impressive'
--The Independent on Sunday

'Wonderful ... the bargain price alone should be worth taking a punt, but the production quality is also excellent ... Compact yet dramatic' --Amateur Photographer

'Extraordinary' --The Sunday Express

'To freeze time, to capture the moment, to put the viewer slap-bang into the action ... that's what LIFE magazine did in its 36-year reign as the crucible of photojournalism' --John Walsh, The Independent

'There are some truly startling and iconic wartime images ... more than a collection of great photos; it's an essential historic document' --Practical Photography

'Stunning ... the pictures here offer a remarkable record of the century ... Simply breathtaking in its range and quality, this is an extraordinary book'
--Book of the Week, Press & Journal

'An astonishing record of the world both in history and in the near present'
--The Birmingham Post

About the Author

John Loengard has edited numerous books for Life, including Life: Faces and Life Photographers: What They Saw. Gordon Parks is one of the very greatest of Life's photographers: 'Twenty-odd years at Life taught me to take the measure of the world that surrounds us. I saw the world differently.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on 1 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Probably one of the best photography books I have ever looked at /read. The celebrity photos weren't really to my interest, but seeing normal people in their everyday lives and key moments in history attracted my attention. A simply laid out book, and knowing the back stories of the photographers who took some of the most powerful photos I've ever seen, makes this a beautiful book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
On page 558 of this stunning photo book there is a studio shot taken in 1960 by Bill Sumits of thirty-eight Life photographers, surely the only time in history that so many great photographers have been together in one place and it is amazing to think that the ninety-nine featured in the book were all on the staff of this one publication.

The book is arranged alphabetically and each photographer gets between five and eight images plus their photo and short hundred or so word biography. Now it's possible to see who took so many images that defined a moment and became classic examples of photojournalism and also to see other examples of their great work. John Loengard's introduction does not say so but I assume all the photos did appear in Life and they cover the years from 1936 (when the title started) to 1997. The book is well designed with mostly one photo per page (well printed in 175 dpi) and a caption and nicely some photos get longer captions where a photographer reveals some background detail about their images.

There are a lot of news type photos here, especially from the Second World War years but equally as many taken from the photo-essay style work that Life became famous for. Others show celebrities and ordinary folk going about their lives. These photos are so good that you have to stop and really take notice of what they are telling you. I think this wonderful book is a strong visual reminder of how great Life was.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By -EFox- VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2012
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If you're a photography student, then this book is perfect. As photography we learn by images (quite obviously) and the severe lack of mountain blocks of text mean there's a full page photo and a name only - perfect for flicking through, and being able to read the book without actually reading it. It's easy to find a photograph for inspiration and some of them certainly aren't for the feint-hearted, so if you're already tainted with the desperation and brutality of photojournalism, then this book is ideal. The lack of history behind the photographs isn't really an issue, as once you've found a photograph that is breath-taking, the name and title can give you the research from anywhere.

If you've ever seen a photograph and felt as though your life has changed, and for a second you forgot to breathe and your eyes widened, get this book. Never before has a single book collected as many photographs that have broken the human barriers of the things we never expect to see.
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In its time, Life magazine was the virtual equivalent of today's 'Hello' or 'OK', a mix of news and celebrities but without the big money payments for coverage of someone's wedding. Life employed some of the best photographers working in the USA then available and examples of many are included here. A mini-listing of about a dozen is included on the back cover and it is by no means complete. The nearest British competitor at the time would have been 'Picture Post' which, like life, no is longer published.

Life had several phases and closed more than once, only to be relaunched in a slightly different form. The final re-launch was subsequent to its acquisition by and merging with Time magazine, creating Time-Life which was later absorbed by Warner Bros. Originally launched in the 1880s as a text-based magazine, from 1936-72 it took the form which is most remembered, the weekly pictorial magazine. For a few years it was infrequently published before becoming a monthly that ran from 1978-2000. For about 4 years from 2004, it was issued as a supplement to some newspapers and later assumed an on-line entity only under the Time-Life banner.

Just as with National Geographic magazine, although the two served a substantially different readership, there were similarities in that some of the published articles were dictated by its editors, some were projects by a specific photographer and the remainder open assignments. Most of the images included relate to the period when it was a weekly pictorial magazine, 1936-72 which was historically important as it included the recovery from the Great Depression of 1929, World War 2, the Korean and Vietnamese wars that followed and the assassinations of the two Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King.
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I can sit for hours absorbed by images such as the ones in this book. I have another book called "Century" which is similar in its approach. I'm not reviewing this book from the perspective of a professional photographer or photojournalist, who may have many professional criticisms, but simply from someone who loves good quality imagery that makes you think and reflect on the circumstances of the image and people involved. I don't look at this book too often which may sound odd given my review but merely I save the experience so as not to become too familiar with the imagery and keep the pleasure of viewing them... I'm sure someone will understand what I mean with that statement. Another good book to view is Reuel Goldens "Witness" which is full of imagery by eminent photojournalists, again very emotive and thought provoking.
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