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Life Magazine's Greatest Photographers Share Their Photographic Stories

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"Life magazine was known for its large-format photojournalism. In 1984 I got the chance to make this television documentary about the history of Life. I did it by interviewing some of their greatest photojournalists. At the height of its popularity, Life magazine was one of the most widely read publications in the United States. Its success was propelled by its unique blend of photojournalism, captivating human-interest stories and in-depth coverage of major world events. At its peak, in the late 1960s Life's weekly circulation reached more than 8.5 million copies. Most readers received the magazine through subscriptions delivered to their homes. The magazine's wide distribution made it a staple in American households. At a time when television was still in its infancy, Life brought images from around the world into American living rooms. The magazine's 11×14 inches format provided an expansive canvas for its photographs. Life covered significant events including World War II, the civil rights movement, the space race, and the Vietnam War. With the rise of television in the 1960s and changing reader habits, the weekly publication of Life magazine began to struggle. The magazine shifted formats several times, from weekly to monthly and then to special editions, before finally ceasing regular publication in 2000. Still, its legacy in photojournalism and its contribution to American culture remain significant."

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