The LIFE Photographers
2022-05-06 - 2022-06-26
In April, 2002, Monroe Gallery opened its doors in Santa Fe, NM with an exhibition of LIFE magazine photographers. Celebrating the Gallery’s 20th anniversary in Santa Fe, a new exhibition revisits and re-examines photographs from the glory days of LIFE magazine. "The LIFE Photographers”, an exhibition of photographs by the pioneering photographers of Life Magazine, will open with a public reception on Friday, May 6 from 5 – 7 pm. In attendance will be Life photographer Bob Gomel, now 88, known for his iconic images of world leaders, athletes, entertainers, and major events of the 1960s. “LIFE Magazine Photographers” will continue through June 26, 2022.
A photo-journalistic triumph, LIFE was a stunning affirmation of the humanist notion that the camera’s proper function is to persuade and inform Founded by Henry Luce, publisher of Time, it was long one of the most popular and widely imitated of American magazines, selling millions of copies a week. 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.