Obituary: John Dominis, Prolific LIFE Photographer, 92

Posted by on Monday December 30, 2013 | Obituary

© John Dominis/Time Inc/Courtesy of the Monroe Gallery

© John Dominis/Time Inc/Courtesy of the Monroe Gallery

John Dominis, who photographed sports, politics, celebrities and culture as a staff photographer at LIFE from the 1950s to the 1970s, died December 30 at his home in New York City, reports. He had recently undergone heart surgery, according to a website set up by his companion, Evelyn Floret.

In his time at LIFE, Dominis covered  five Olympic Games, capturing the iconic photo of medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos making the Black Power salute on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, as well as President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 speech in Berlin, the Woodstock Festival in 1968 and President Richard Nixon’s trip to China in 1972. Dominis said, “The great thing about working with LIFE was that I was given all the support and money and time, whatever was required, to do almost any kind of work I wanted to do, anywhere in the world. It was like having a grant, a Guggenheim grant, but permanently.”

For our full obituary, including information on Dominis’s photo editing work and where his images are on view now, see

*Photo: “Mickey Mantle Having a Bad Day at Yankee Stadium, New York,” 1956.  © John Dominis/Time Inc/Courtesy of the Monroe Gallery



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