John Morris, the photo editor responsible for the commissioning and publishing of some of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, and whose lifelong commitment to visual storytelling has shaped the history of photojournalism, died on Friday, July 28, 2017, at a hospital near his home in Paris. He was 100.
John Morris called Magnum co-founder Robert Capa his Hungarian brother. The photographer sent his unprocessed film of the D-Day landings to Morris, his editor at LIFE magazine. The American-born editor oversaw the publication of the 11 images that survived a lab assistant’s infamous processing incident in which most of the film was destroyed. He worked as London’s photo editor for the weekly picture magazine throughout WW2, commissioning photo reportage from the war front.
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