Celebrate the Legendary Career of Iconic Photojournalist John G. Morris, Dead at 100


July 31, 2017 — No single name has been more influential in the world of Western photojournalism than that of John G. Morris.

The legendary picture editor changed the face of photojournalism during the Second World War when he was responsible for publishing some of the most iconic and famous images of warfare, including the “Magnificent Eleven” photos of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944. Delivering the edited images in record time to Life, they were published almost immediately in the largest-circulation picture rag in the United States, impacting not only his home culture, but that of the world.

Morris’ proactive and inspired work didn’t stop after WWII. During Vietnam, Morris was the sole reason behind the infamous front-page photos of brutality, including Eddie Adams’ picture of Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing an alleged Vietcong soldier as well as Nick Ut’s picture of a naked Vietnamese child running from napalm.

These became the most haunting and enduring photographs to emerge from the war. As iconic as they are tragic, both received Pulitzer Prizes.

While Morris’ life wasn’t all war, he will forever be remembered for reminding the world about the tragedies of war for soldiers and civilians alike. Whether these wars are abroad, like battles in France and Vietnam, or at home, like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Morris fought to place the ugly complexities of the human condition at the forefront:

“We must take greater care than ever not to allow ourselves to be separated from the real world and from humanity.”

All of this despite being a lifelong Quaker and Pacifist.

Get the Picture dissects the man behind the editor’s desk from his beginnings as a clerk at Life to losing his first wife to working with legendary photographers like Robert Capa to becoming the head of New York Times Pictures.

In this fascinating, sentimental, brutal and thought-provoking documentary, learn more about the man, the myth and the legend himself, in his own words, who passed away today at 100 years old.

Get the Picture is available on DVD as well as Amazon Video streaming.

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