Life (magazine)

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description magazine
First edition 1883/1936
Frequency of publication weekly / monthly (with interruptions)
Web link

Life was the name of two well-known magazines from the United States of America .

1883 to 1930s

Cover of Life magazine, 1914

The first Life Magazine was founded by John Ames Mitchell and Andrew Miller on January 4, 1883 , and published weekly by the Life Publishing Company of Manhattan , New York City . It was known for its cartoons , pin-up girls , humor, and theater and movie reviews .

In 1918 Charles Dana Gibson became president of the magazine.

1936 to 2000

The best-known Life Magazine is a photojournalism magazine that Henry Luce founded in New York in 1936 after he had acquired the naming rights to the previous LIFE Magazine . His trademark back then were new, large-format photo reports over several pages. Photographers who worked for Life Magazine included a. Margaret Bourke-White , Horace Bristol , Alfred Eisenstaedt , Andreas Feininger (1943–1962), Carl Mydans , David E. Scherman , W. Eugene Smith and Tony Vaccaro .

The first issue appeared on November 23, 1936 with a picture of Fort Peck Dam . Margaret Bourke-White was hired to photograph the cover story. The programmatic declaration of intent read:

“Seeing life, seeing the world, witnessing great events, seeing the faces of the poor and the behavior of the proud - machines, armies, crowds, shadows in the jungle and on the surface of the moon; see man's works, his paintings, buildings; Seeing things thousands of miles away, behind walls, indoors, dangerous to get at; Women who love men and multitudes of children; see and enjoy seeing; see and be amazed; see and be taught. "

Life was published weekly until 1972, appeared only irregularly between 1972 and 1978 and was restarted as a monthly magazine in October 1978. A weekly issue of Life in Time of War was published for a month during the Kuwait War .

In 2000 the magazine was discontinued.

In 2004, Life was published as a special edition six times a year, often with a paperback book called "Megazine" by Life .

The decline of the best-known American reportage magazine reflects the loss of importance of photo reportage in favor of current television reporting.

In 2004, Life was part of AOL Time Warner .


Thanks to a cooperation with Google , ten million images are available on the Internet even after the magazine has ended, reports Heise online . Google provides its own portal.

See also


Web links

Commons : Life Magazine  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b LIFE Magazine 1883-1936: A Brief History of the First Life Magazine. In: 2Neat Magazines. Retrieved March 13, 2020 .