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RIP: LIFE Magazine Photographer Ralph Morse

LIFEmaglogoDuring a career bursting with signature shots, Ralph Morse delivered two of these to LIFE magazine at the turn of the 1960s. In 1961, he assembled for a lively group portrait every then-NFL starting quarterback. And for the February 1962 issue, there was Morse’s iconic shot of astronaut John Glenn, part of a lengthy chronicling of the Mercury Seven.

This past weekend, at age 97, Morse passed away in Florida. From Mary Alice Miller‘s Vanity Fair tribute:

Morse was a portraitist of stars, as well, credited for a particularly tender image of Audrey Hepburn cradling her Oscar for Roman Holiday against her cheek in 1954. His pictures of Jackie Robinson dancing around the bases during the 1955 World Series, and Sugar Ray Robinson jumping rope in 1950, solidified Morse’s status as a noted sports photographer.

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A Storied Photographer Turns 95

When you’ve lived for almost a century, traditional birthday celebrations can seem somewhat redundant. So in Phil Stern‘s case, he is marking his 95th turn around the make-a-wish corner by gifting someone else. Stern, who will officially mark his latest birthday in Los Angeles tomorrow, has donated prints of 95 of his iconic shots to the Veterans Home of California.

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From a report in Variety by Shelli Weinstein:

As a teen, Stern had worked as an apprentice in a New York photo studio and as a local police photographer, but got his baptism of fire, quite literally, at age 21, when he became a combat photographer in Darby’s Rangers during World War II, after convincing Colonel William O. Darby to allow him to join. Stern was decorated with a Purple Heart for his services…

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A Surprise Marlon Brando Birthday Gift

LIFELogoTomorrow would have been Marlon Brando‘s 90th birthday. To mark the occasion, Time has raided the Life magazine vaults to showcase 15 bonus photos of the actor.

The photos are from a 1949 Life shoot done in Los Angeles by Ed Clark, during the making of The Men. The best shots are the ones of Brando in Eagle Rock, in and around the bungalow owned by his aunt Betty Lindemeyer. In some of the photos, Brando is joined by his maternal grandmother and her pooch. From the text by life.com editor Ben Cosgrove:

“She [his grandmother] was quite abashed because Clark took pictures of Marlon in a bathrobe, which happens to be hers,” reported a production assistant in notes found in Life’s archives. Grandma Myers was also apologetic about the barbaric way her gandson ate: “Bud doesn’t bring the food to his face,” she told Life, using Brando’s nickname. “He brings his face to the food.”

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RIP: Look Magazine Photographer Charlotte Brooks

CharlotteBrooksPer an obituary in the New York Times, Charlotte Brooks was born in 1918 as Charlotte Finkelstein, but because of pervasive anti-Semitism, later changed her last name to bolster her chances of professional success.

From 1951 until 1971, as Look magazine competed weekly with Life, Brooks was one of just a few female members of Look‘s full-time photographer ranks. From humble assignment beginnings, she would go on to cover Duke Ellington, Ed Sullivan, Fats Domino and Richard Nixon. From a Library of Congress essay about Brooks’ career:

She accepted a job in the promotions unit of the Advertising Department, making pictures that regular staff photographers balked at doing. Her tasks included the “sociable cheese” series – photographing supermarket displays when a cheese manufacturing company was a major Look advertiser. Another lowly assignment had her in smoke-filled rooms at professional meetings, photographing visitors’ heads in cardboard cutouts of celebrities.

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RIP: A LIFE Photographer Who Covered It All

At the beginning of his tribute to John Dominis, the celebrated LIFE photographer who passed away Monday in New York City at age 92, LIFE.com editor Ben Cosgrove writes: “We won’t see your like again.” Cosgrove is absolutely and, sadly, right.

Dominis belonged to another era. The one before cell phones, Instagram and filters made everyone a photographer; a time when folks in the U.S. relied on three network TV channels and a small number of news magazines for the domestic and international scoop.

Cosgrove frames a slide show of 33 Dominis photos, each worth a thousand words. We urge you to click on over to LIFE.com, go full screen and bask in the incredible composition of Dominis’ shots, like this one taken in Vietnam in 1961:

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A Look Back at LIFE Magazine’s ‘Most Moving’ Photo Essay

LIFECareerGirl_CoverThanks to Ben Stiller‘s remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which premieres this weekend at the New York Film Festival, we’re going to be hearing a lot more than usual about LIFE magazine. In the Twentieth Century Fox film, Stiller plays a photo editor at the publication, which ceased print publication in the spring of 2007.

Right on schedule, LIFE takes a look back at a May 1948 photo spread by Leonard McCombe that it deems to be the most moving and surprising in the publication’s history. That’s some praise. The cover story profiled Gwyned Filling, a University of Missouri School of Journalism grad selected from over a thousand candidates to help convey the day-to-day of a post-Word War II “career girl:”

The reaction of LIFE’s readers ranged (perhaps predictably) from outrage and moral indignation at Gwyned’s “unladylike” pursuits to a kind of celebratory relief that LIFE chose to show on its cover “a young woman with a serious, purposeful, intelligent face” rather than “some vacuous-faced female with the molar grin that has come to be regarded in America as a smile.”

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Colleague Remembers the Day She Brought a Cockroach to Judith Glassman Daniels

Magazine industry vet Dominique Browning has blogged a wonderful tribute to Judith Glassman Daniels, a former managing editor at Life, New York magazine and The Village Voice. Daniels passed away in Maine over the weekend at age 74.

Straight out of Radcliffe, Browning got an internship with Daniels to help build out Savvy, a New York magazine insert aimed at executive women. The apartment Browning had found was so overrun with cockroaches that the painters resorted to playfully painting over the insects as they scurried. Later, when Browning took her first-day seat at a desk conjoined to the one occupied by Daniels, the insect problem reared its ugly head once more:

I folded my good college girl camelhair coat across the back of my seat and with professional aplomb placed my bag on top of my desk. A giant cockroach crawled out of it, and scurried over to Judy’s side.

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