John Morris, celebrated photo editor for Life magazine and the New York Times, dies at 100
John Morris, a celebrated American photo editor who helped bring some of the most iconic photographs of World War II and the Vietnam War to the word’s eyes, has died at 100.
His longtime friend, Robert Pledge, president and editorial director of the Contact Press Images photo agency, told the Associated Press that Morris died Friday at a hospital in Paris, where he had been living for decades.
“D-Day, Omaha Beach,” Robert Capa’s photo of the 1944 Normandy invasion, survived darkroom mishaps to convey with its grainy look much of the urgent drama of the occasion.(Robert Capa / Associated Press)
South Vietnamese National Police Chief Brig. Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a single pistol shot to the head in Saigon, Vietnam, on Feb. 1, 1968. The photo, by photojournalist Eddie Adams, became one of the Vietnam’s War’s most indelible images, winning a Pultizer Prize in 1969.(Eddie Adams / Associated Press)
In this June 8, 1972, photo taken by Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut, South Vietnamese forces follow terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, as they run down Route 1 near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places.(Nick Ut / Associated Press)
Morris edited the historic pictures of the D-Day invasion in Normandy taken by the famous photographer Robert Capa in 1944 for Life magazine. In addition, as picture editor for the New York Times, he helped grant front-page display to two of the most striking pictures of the Vietnam War by Associated Press photographers Nick Ut and Eddie Adams.
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