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Jinx Rodger remembers Life Magazine picture editor John Morris

Photo supplied Magnum Photos: FRANCE. Paris. Photo editor and writer John MORRIS at home. © A. Abbas/Magnum Photos

• Photo Editor John Morris has died aged 100.
This from PAN reader Jinx Rodger, wife of Magnum Photos founder George Rodger :

Dear Will:

A rather sad day for Magnum —- and for me.  John Morris has been George and my friend for 70 years and  have always kept in touch.  John has been here two or three times and every time I went to Paris we would see John.  He did a great deal for photography and will be well remembered. 
• This from Magnum with a link to more images of John:

John Morris, probably the most famous picture editor of our time, has passed away today at the age of 100. Born in New Jersey and brought up in Chicago, John went on to become the picture editor at Life Magazine during World War II working closely with Robert Capa including the infamous D-Day landing episode and the legend of the 11 surviving pictures.

As well as Life, John’s career also included time at most of the major players in American photojournalism including the New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Ladies Home Journal as well as being executive director at Magnum Photos for nine years form 1953.

A lifelong pacifist, John will be badly missed for his knowledge, charm and pugnacity by his colleagues and friends at the agency

• There will be a public memorial in Paris at the American Cathedral in September. – Date to be announced.

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