Friday, April 30, 2010

Photoblogging Friday - 17

Friday is here and with it another edition of Photoblogging Friday, TNM's way to end the week.  The week has certainly been interesting with more Apple-Adobe battles, the launch of the 3G version of the iPad, the announcement that both HP and Microsoft are delaying or killing their own tablet plans, and finally the inevitable end to the B2B publishing giant Cahners, destroyed by the media wizards at Reed.

Our contributor/editor Dean Brierly is on the road so before he left he sent along this week's contribution to PbF (my guess is he's off being depressed after his Red Wings lost last night to the Sharks). Take it away Dean:

This week’s Photoblogging Friday is dedicated to the memory of Myron H. Davis, a former Life photographer who died tragically in a fire in his home in Hyde Park, Chicago, on April 17, 2010.

Myron H. Davis, 1953, from the set of From Here to Eternity.  →

Born on July 3, 1919, Davis was Life’s youngest staff photographer when he joined the magazine in 1941. Two years later he covered five amphibious invasions in the Southwest Pacific under the command of General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters until being knocked out of action with a serious case of malaria.

Following the war, he freelanced for numerous magazines, and also covered the filming of From Here to Eternity for Columbia Pictures in 1953. That assignment resulted in his best-known photograph, depicting stars Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in a torrid clinch on an Oahu beach. Davis also took the last photograph of actress Carole Lombard at a 1941 war bonds rally hours before her death in a plane crash.

Despite his accomplishments, Davis lapsed into undeserved obscurity in his later years until Chicago photographer/collector David R. Phillips helped organize Davis’ archives and facilitated several major articles on his work for Black & White magazine.

You can read more interviews with photographers at Dean Brierly's website, Photographers Speak.