Legendary photographer John Loengard began taking pictures at age eleven of his family, friends and his New York City neighborhood. He was a photographer for his high school newspaper before going on to Harvard College, where his work caught the eye of LIFE magazine’s Boston bureau chief. Loengard joined the photo staff of LIFE in 1961 and his photographic essays soon became classics. In 1973, he joined the staff of Time Inc.’s Magazine Development Group, helping to plan and launch People magazine in 1974, as well as publishing semi-annual editions of LIFE from 1973 through 1977. In 1978, Loengard was instrumental in the start-up of LIFE as a monthly publication, serving as its picture editor. In 1987, Loengard left to become a fulltime freelance photographer. He has published four books about his own photographs and six concerning the work of other photographers. Some of his most iconic images include a 1963 photo of Medgar Evers’ widow and son at his funeral, a 1961 photo of Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall, photos of American painter Georgia O’Keeffe on the roof of her house in New Mexico, and photos of The Beatles in Miami in 1964.
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