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Between 1950 and 1961 Burt Glinn shot more than 250 American subjects for LIFE magazine. They vary from the light-hearted (Animals on TV) to the tragic (Thanksgiving Plane Crash). In this image taken in 1968, sunbathers lie on leopard-skin printed rafts in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

I think that what you've got to do is discover the essential truth of the situation, and have a point of view about it.

Burt Glinn

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Burt Glinn served in the United States Army between 1943 and 1946, before studying literature at Harvard University, where he edited and photographed for the Harvard Crimson college newspaper. From 1949 to 1950, Glinn worked for LIFE magazine before becoming a freelancer. He became an associate member of Magnum in 1951, along with Eve Arnold and Dennis Stock – the first Americans to join the young photo agency – and a full member in 1954.

Glinn made his mark with spectacular color series on the South Seas, Japan, Russia, Mexico and California. His reportages have appeared in Esquire, Geo, Travel and Leisure, Fortune, Life and Paris-Match. He has covered such monumental news events as the Sinai War, the US Marine invasion of Lebanon, and Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba.

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