Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Life magazine debuted onto the American publishing scene in November, 1936. The third major publication to come out of Henry Luce’s publishing empire, Time, Inc., Life was a picture magazine. It helped to transform visual culture in America, elevating images over text as a means of communication and developing an influential new style of photographic journalism first introduced in the magazine’s inaugural issue with Margaret Bourke-White’s photographs of the Fort Peck Dam . Ranging in subjects from international politics to society news, Life provided a visual survey of modern experience for its readers, a weekly synopsis of the state of the world presented through pictures elucidated with bold headlines and short captions.

Publication Title

American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography

DOI

DOI: 10.1353/amp.2010.0003

Comments

Copyright 2010 by the Ohio State University

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