What’s Life?

Back in the day there was a  wonderful oversized magazine called LIFE. Life was always chock full of excellent photos taken all over the world. Here’s an excerpt from the magazine’s Wikipedia page:

The (Henry) Luce Life was the first all-photographic American news magazine, and it dominated the market for more than 40 years. The magazine sold more than 13.5 million copies a week at one point and was so popular that President Harry S. Truman, Sir Winston Churchill and General Douglas MacArthur all serialized their memoirs in its pages.
Perhaps one of the best-known pictures printed in the magazine was Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph of a nurse in a sailor’s arms, snapped on August 27, 1945, as they celebrated VJ Day in New York City. The magazine’s place in the history of photojournalism is considered its most important contribution to publishing. Luce purchased the rights to the name from the publishers of the first Life but sold its subscription list and features to another magazine; there was no editorial continuity between the two publications.
Life was wildly successful for two generations before its prestige was diminished by economics and changing tastes. Since 1972, Life has twice ceased publication and resumed in a different form, before ceasing once again with the issue dated April 20, 2007. The brand name continues on the Internet and in occasional special issues.[1][2] 

Life’s website follows in the tradition of its print predecessor by featuring wonderful  photography of all kinds. Here, for example, is a twenty photo sideshow of Galen Rowell’s photographs taken in the Sierra Nevada. Life has almost three thousand photo galleries dating from at least the 1940’s. On the offbeat side, here’s a set of photos of celebrities with big dogs!

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