Life (magazine)

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

1883 to 1930s

The first Life Magazine was founded in 1883 by John Ames Mitchell and weekly published by the Life Publishing Company of Manhattan, New York City. It was known for his cartoons, pin - up girls, his humor and his theater and cinema film reviews.

1918 Charles Dana Gibson president of the magazine.


The most famous Life Magazine is a magazine for photojournalism, the Henry Luce founded in 1936 in New York, after he had acquired the naming rights to the former LIFE Magazine. His trademark was then new large-format photographic reports on several pages. Photographer who worked for Life magazine, were, inter alia, 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 was published on 23 November 1936, a picture of the Fort Peck Dam. Margaret Bourke-White was commissioned to photograph the cover story. The programmatic declaration of intent was:

" Seeing the life, see the world, his eyewitness great events, see the faces of the poor and the demeanor of the proud - machines, armies, crowds, shadows in the jungle and on the lunar surface; see the works of man, his paintings, buildings; Perceive things that are thousands of miles away, behind walls, indoors, to the get hold is dangerous; Women who love men, and multitudes of children; have seen and the joy of seeing; see and be amazed; see and be taught. "

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

In 2000 the magazine was discontinued.

In 2004, Life was launched six times a year as a special edition, often with a paperback that is called of Life " Megazine ".

The decline of the famous American magazine reportage reflects the loss of importance of photojournalism in favor of the current television coverage.

2004 belonged Life to AOL Time Warner.


Through a partnership with Google ten million images are available after the end of the journal available on the internet, Heise reported (see links). Google provides a private portal.