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LIFE Legends: The Century's Most Unforgettable Faces (Life Magazine) Hardcover – 4 Feb 1999
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* A treasury of the unforgettable milestones of our century - more than 100 photos of legendary faces from politics, the arts, sports and more, accompanied by the pithy observations of their equally notable peers
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LIFE magazine has been setting the standard in photojournalism since 1936 and is now read by more than 15 million people each month.
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I only ever saw a few isolated editions of 'Life', and then many years ago, plus a few specific reprints and there must be literally tens of thousands of images in the collection of people of significance that would have proven suitable for inclusion in such a book.
'Life' was a people-oriented magazine and did not bother with the sort of subjects that would typify those of NatGeo's essays. It was a news and current events type of magazine and if a beautiful landscape happened to be in the background of a shot, it was probably not noticed by the photographer who would have concentrated on the human subject(s) within the scene.
Life's photographers covered many Hollywood events, many in New York and other US cities that involved celebrities or people of retrospective historical importance, not excluding those events elsewhere in the world regardless of their nature as well as wars and assorted disasters where certain individuals, not necessarily seen as being 'important' at the time but possibly viewed differently today, might well have been the subject.
'Legends' and 'The Century's Most Unforgettable Faces' are not exactly limiting terms and, considering just how many sports or TV stars are considered as 'legends' this year but who may be forgotten in 5 or 10 years', I am sure that the book's editors could have been less exclusive. Either that or they may have not had unlimited access to the full archive.
For the vast proportion of its existence, 'Life' was a weekly publication and I am sure that its photographers would have taken as many shots as they could as the situations, whatever they might have been, would allow. Was the editors' remit limited to those images actually published, hence the low numbers? Even if that limitation was real and intended, there should still be rather more!
For example, in The Great LIFE Photographers there are some 600-plus pages and a larger number of images, mostly of people whose names are well-known in one context or another. Obviously, I am not suggesting that the same images should or could be re-used here, although some may be, but they cannot represent the vast majority of the 'cream' of Life's collection, leaving a relatively measly few for this book.
I have no criticism concerning the quality of imagery provided, only the quantity! Therefore the book is slightly disappointing but still worthy of addition to a collection, if a copy can still be found.
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