The Great LIFE Photographers

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Major exhibition celebrating the rebirth of LIFE magazine, and publication of the new book "The Great LIFE Photographers, through more than 50 historic photographs.

Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce “THE GREAT LIFE PHOTOGRAPHERS”, a major exhibition celebrating the rebirth of LIFE magazine and the publication of a new book of the same title. The exhibition examines the history of the magazine through its coverage of politics and war, the fascination with celebrities, its exploration of various strata of American society, and its coverage of key social movements of the twentieth century, particularly civil rights. The exhibition opens with a public reception on November 26, and will continue through January 30, 2005.

In the original prospectus for LIFE magazine, founder Henry Luce's wrote: "To see life; to see the world....To be amazed!” From the tumult of battle to the glamour of movie stars, from the wonders of nature to the coronation of kings, queens, and presidents, the work of LIFE magazine photographers is as much a history of American photojournalism as it is a history of the changing face of the latter part of the twentieth century. Photojournalism was introduced to America with the advent of LIFE magazine in 1936, and through the end of the twentieth century these photographers traveled the globe to chronicle in pictures every aspect of the human condition. On the pages of LIFE, through the images captured by these masters, the eyes of a nation were opened as never before to a changing world.

LIFE, the most recognizable icon in magazine history, is being relaunched as a supplement in newspapers on Fridays as a gateway to the American weekend. Over 10 million copies of LIFE magazine are to be initially circulated every week, beginning October 1, 2004. “The Great LIFE Photographers” is a volume of living history – the history of our times; 600 photographs presenting the most comprehensive representation of LIFE photographers ever produced. This landmark new book is available at the gallery and fine bookstores.

It is unlikely that anyone could have lived during the last 75 years without having been exposed to the images of these great LIFE photographers. The exhibition of more than 50 photographs features numerous classic images and several little-known gems that are sure to surprise and intrigue by many of these masters, including: Harry Benson, Margaret Bourke-White, Cornell Capa, Robert Capa, Loomis Dean, John Dominis, Bill Eppridge, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Andreas Feininger, Martha Holmes, Nina Leen, John Loengard, Neil Leifer, Leonard McCombe, Joe McNally, Carl Mydans, Gordon Parks, Bill Ray, Mark Shaw, George Silk, Peter Stackpole, and many others.

The significance and impact of these photographers can not be underestimated. Their work and lives pioneered, and came to define, the medium of photojournalism, and their photographs recorded history and informed us all for most of the 20th Century. “The Great LIFE Photographers” exhibition is made even more poignant by the recent passing of Carl Mydans (at age 97 in August) and George Silk (at age 87, just last month).

Monroe Gallery of Photography was founded by Sidney S. Monroe and Michelle A. Monroe. Building on more than four decades of collective experience, the gallery specializes in classic black & white photography with an emphasis on humanist and photojournalist imagery. The Monroes have personally known and represented many of the LIFE photographers, in some cases for 20 years, and are acknowledged as foremost experts on LIFE photojournalists.

Gallery hours are 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5 Sunday. (Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.) Admission is free. For further information, please call: 505.992.0800; E-mail: Media kit with images available upon request, interviews with select LIFE photographers may be arranged.

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