Carl Mydans, who photographed 20th century events from the Great Depression to wars and politics and was a charter member of the Life magazine staff that pioneered magazine photojournalism, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, in Larchmont, N.Y. He was 97. Mydans traveled the world with his cameras, witnessing and recording landmarks of history -- the gaunt faces of 1930s dust-bowl farmers, Gen. Douglas MacArthur wading ashore in the Philippines, Frenchwomen having their heads shaved as punishment for ``collaboration'' with the Nazis, and the Japanese surrender aboard the battleship USS Missouri in 1945. During World War II, he and his wife Shelley were also imprisoned by the Japanese for nearly two years. Among his more memorable photos was one showing homebound rail commuters on Nov. 22, 1963, reading newspapers with the headline ``President Shot Dead,'' on the Kennedy assassination.
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