John Loengard was born in New York in 1934. He received his first freelance assignment from Life magazine in 1956 while a senior at Harvard and joined the magazine’s staff in 1961. He was instrumental in the rebirth of Life as a monthly in 1978, serving as its picture editor through 1987. He was also the founding picture editor of People magazine. His first book, Pictures Under Discussion, won the Ansel Adams Book Award in 1987. His other books include Georgia O'Keeffe at Ghost Ranch, Celebrating the Negative, LIFE Faces, Classic LIFE Photographs, and LIFE Photographers: What They Saw. He was the consulting editor for, and wrote the introduction to, The Great LIFE Photographers in 2004; the same year, he received the coveted Henry R. Luce Lifetime Achievement Award from Time Inc. In 2005 American Photo magazine identified Loengard as “one of the 100 most influential people in photography”. He has had several solo exhibitions, including shows at the International Center of Photography, the James Danziger Gallery, and the LIFE Gallery of Photography. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including the National Portrait Gallery, ICP, and George Eastman House. He lives in New York City.
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