John G. Morris: "Eleven Frames"

No photo today. Just a short 8 minute film on one of the most influential photo editors of the 20th century. Dan Wood, whose link you will find on the links page, sent this information over a twitter post today.

I recently read the book "Lost Over Laos," the story of 4 photojournalists killed in a helicopter crash during the Vietnam War. One of the photographers is Larry Burrows, whom I've written about before. According to the book, there has always been speculation that Burrows was the lab technician that ruined the famous shots from D-Day by Robert Capa. Burrows was linked to the incident simply for being there and spent the rest of his life denying the allegations.

In this short film, Mr. Morris talks about this particular incident and refers to another person which would seem to indicate it was not Burrows who ruined the film. At about the 2:00 minute mark, the story of that day is being told. Watch the reaction of Mr. Morris as he recounts that story.

As a kid, I would always check out the issues of Life at the library. I'm sure that like many others, I vividly remember the images I would see from WWII in the old issues of Life, and later, the images from Vietnam. I figured the camera was a ticket to seeing the world, a way to see places that I could only tie to a map or to a place my Pop was serving oversees. And in those days, the photos were selected by an editor that knew what they were doing... knew what the public needed to see and what would make an impact. At least they did on me.

John G. Morris: "Eleven Frames"

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