Remembering Wayne Miller (1918-2013)

Magnum photographer Wayne Miller, known especially for his war photography and social documentary work died last week at the age of ninety-four. He began his photographic career during World War II, as a member of Edward Steichen’s elite naval combat photographic unit, and became one of the first photographers to document the aftermath of Hiroshima. After the war, he received the Guggenheim fellowship for photography in 1946 and 1948. His subsequent career defining body of work exploring the lives of African-American families who had migrated from the South to Chicago can be viewed via the Magnum Archive online. Miller later collaborated with Steichen again as an associate curator on Steichen’s landmark exhibition The Family of Man (1955). From 1953, Miller was a regular contributor to LIFE magazine, and became a member of Magnum Photos in 1958, later serving as the agency’s president from 1962 to 1966. The following short film by Theo Rigby provides an overview of Miller’s life and work; and you can read more via The New York Times.

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The World is Young from Theo Rigby on Vimeo.

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