Monroe Gallery of Photography
Monroe Gallery of Photography


"LIFE in Pictures"
An exhibition of photographs by the pioneering photographers of Life Magazine, April 27 through June 17, 2018.


Joe Munroe; Twenty-two exuberant St. Mary's College students folded and stacked inside an on campus phone booth in an attempt to set a record for phone booth cramming, Moraga, California, March 26, 1959
Founded by Henry Luce, publisher of Time, it was long one of the most popular and widely imitated of American magazines, selling more than 13.5 million copies a week at one point. From its start, Life emphasized photography, with gripping, superbly chosen news photographs, amplified by photo features and photo-essays on an international range of topics. Its photographers were the elite of their craft and enjoyed worldwide esteem. Published weekly from 1936 to 1972, the work of the photographers of LIFE magazine came to define the medium of photojournalism, and their photographs recorded history and informed us all for most of the 20th Century

LIFE published an astonishing number of the most memorable photographs ever made, and the exhibition features many of these photographs from defining moments of the 20th century. The exhibition of more than 50 photographs includes iconic images such as Alfred Eisenstaedt's sailor kissing a nurse on VJ Day; powerful photographs from the 1960’s and the Civil Rights movement; memorable images of Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles and many more indelible photographs.

As LIFE's founder and publisher, Henry Luce, wrote in 1936, when he outlined his vision and his aim for his new publication, LIFE's mission was at-once grand and breathtakingly straightforward:

“To see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events; to watch the faces of the poor and the gestures of the proud; to see strange things — machines, armies, multitudes, shadows in the jungle and on the moon; to see man's work — his paintings, towers and discoveries; to see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to; the women that men love and many children; to see and take pleasure in seeing; to see and be amazed; to see and be instructed ..."

Title: Fun at the Santa Monica Beach, 1948
Artist: Loomis Dean
Title: Boy Selling Newspapers, Los Angeles, Looking South on Olive Street, 1949
Artist: Loomis Dean
Title: Beach Fashions, 1950
Artist: Nina Leen

Title: Yale Joel -- Young Bug Lovers, Clarksville, Arkansas, 1953
Artist: LIFE Magazine Photographers
Title: "Bag Fashion", Central Park, NY, 1957
Artist: Yale Joel
Title: Chihuahua and Pappagallo shoes, New York, NY, 1961
Artist: Yale Joel

Title: Marimekko, Helskinki, 1965
Artist: Tony Vaccaro
Title: Vanity Fair Sheer Gown
Artist: Mark Shaw
Title: Dior Dress, Fur Hat, 1954
Artist: Mark Shaw

Title: Marlene Dietrich posing seductively as she exhibits her famous leg while entertaining troops in Germany, February, 1945
Artist: George Silk
Title: Marilyn Monroe Singing
Artist: Bill Ray
Title: Barbara Streisand with empty frame, 1964
Artist: Bill Eppridge

Title: Navy CPO Graham Jackson Playing
Artist: Ed Clark
Title: Winston Churchill, Liverpool, 1951
Artist: Alfred Eisenstaedt
Title: Author Gertrude Stein walking with Alice B. Toklas and their dog, Basket, after liberation in France, September, 1944
Artist: Carl Mydans

Title: Japanese Surrender on Board the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945 (Life Magazine/Time Warner Inc.)
Artist: Carl Mydans
Title: Blinded soldier, New Guinea (George Whittington being led to an aid station by Raphael Oimbari) 1942
Artist: George Silk
Title: V-J Day in Times Square, New York, August 14, 1945 (Time Inc)
Artist: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Title: Albert Einstein, Princeton, New Jersey, 1947
Artist: Alfred Eisenstaedt
Title: Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood, 1953
Artist: Alfred Eisenstaedt
Title: Children at a Puppet Theatre, Paris, 1963 Time Inc.
Artist: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Title: “Two Chiefs” - John F. Kennedy Receives Native American Request, 1960
Artist: Art Shay
Title: President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office, Washington, DC, 1961
Artist: Alfred Eisenstaedt
Title: New Yorkers reading of assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 1963
Artist: Ralph Morse

Title: Fort Peck Dam, Fort Peck, MT, 1936 (Cover for first issue of LIFE magazine)
Artist: Margaret Bourke-White
Title: Hats in the Garment District, New York, 1930
Artist: Margaret Bourke-White
Title: Coney Island, NY, July 4, 1949
Artist: Andreas Feininger

Title: Navy helicopter or Pattern Made by Helicopter Wing Lights, Anacostia, MD, 1949
Artist: Andreas Feininger
Title: Hells Angels, Los Angeles, 1965
Artist: Bill Ray
Title: Steve McQeen and his wife, Neile Adams, in sulphur bath, Big Sur, California, 1963
Artist: John Dominis

Title: Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason, 1965
Artist: John Dominis
Title: Mickey Mantle Having A Bad Day At Yankee Stadium, New York, 1965
Artist: John Dominis
Title: Jackie Robinson rounding Third base during World series against the Yankees, 1955
Artist: LIFE magazine reporters

Title: Brooklyn Dodger Fans celebrating 1955 World Series victory, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 1955
Artist: Martha Holmes
Title: Water Polo Boys, 1996
Artist: Joe NcNally
Title: Diver Russ Bertram, 1996
Artist: Joe NcNally

Title: Little League spokesman voices players' demand for pants, Manchester, NH, 1954
Artist: Yale Joel
Title: Young Hockey Players Having Fun, Englewood, New Jersey,1961
Artist: Bob Gomel
Title: Black Muslim leader Malcolm X photographing Cassius Clay, Miami, 1964
Artist: Bob Gomel

Title: Tailgating, Yale Football, 1963
Artist: Bob Gomel
Title: Man Ray Holding Up
Artist: Loomis Dean
Title: Robert Frost, Boston, MA, 1954
Artist: Verner Reed

Title: Children in Halloween Costumes, Westport, CT, 1960
Artist: George Silk
Title: Sisters, Chicago, 1949
Artist: Art Shay
Title: Christmas Day in Rome, Italy, 1965
Artist: Tony Vaccaro

Title: Guggenheim Hat, New York, 1960
Artist: Tony Vaccaro





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