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CARL MYDANS: PHOTOJOURNALIST
APRIL 8 - JUNE 26

Born in 1907, Mydans' keen sensitivity and honesty compelled him toward a lifetime of social and historical documentary photography. After working for the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, he joined the photographic staff of the Farm Security Administration in 1936, and then Mydans joined LIFE magazine as a staff photographer just after its inaugural issue. His first assignment took him to Freer, Texas, but his most important assignment was as a war photographer.

Captured by the Japanese during the fall of the Philippines, he was held prisoner of war for two years. After being released, the resourceful and determined Mydans was sent back into war in 1944, eventually covering the stoic figure of General MacArthur landing at Luzon, as well as the famous image of the Japanese surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri from the same year. Not all of Mydans' most memorable photographs are from the field of battle. Equally a master of portraiture and landscape photography, Mydans' compelling photographs provide a picture odyssey of the key events of the 20th century from around the world.This major exhibition spans the career of this legendary photojournalist, who died in August, 2004. Included in the exhibition are rare vintage prints from the archives of LIFE magazine — the actual prints used for LIFE magazine stories, with important archive information inscribed and stamped on the back of each photograph.

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On the 6:25 from Grand Central to Stamford, CT, November 22, 1963
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Japanese Surrender on Board the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945
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The Hiwa Department store crumbling from earthquake, Fukui, Japan, 1948
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Korean mother carries her baby and worldly goods while fleeing fighting, Seoul, Korea, 1951
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Turkish Sentry, Korea, 1951
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Migrant woman by the side of the road, Texas, 1937
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Oil field worker, Freer, Texas,1937
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Nobel Prize Laureate William Faulkner, West Point, NY, 1962
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General Tojo at his war crimes trial, Tokyo, 1948
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