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Dean, Loomis (1917 - 2005)

The son of an artist, Loomis Dean studied art in a local school where he ‘proved I could not draw’. After having discovered photography, he obtained his first job as a photographer for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. During World War II, he was based under the authority of Colonel George W. Goddard who was in charge of aerial photographic research which helped him comprehend another facet of the medium. He received his first assignment for Life magazine in 1946 and promptly covered Hollywood as well as Europe for the publication, capturing film moguls such as Darryl F. Zanuck, writer Ernest Hemingway in Spain, fashion shows in Paris and royal weddings but also historical events such as communist riots and the sinking of liner Andrea Doria. One of his most memorable image was that of Noel Coward dressed for a ravishingly elegant night-out but standing alone in a stark Nevada desert under a boiling hot noon sun which led the play writer to exclaim: ‘Oh, dear boy, I don't get up until 4 o'clock in the afternoon’! The American photographer admitted that ‘the only satisfaction I get out of a picture: seeing it published. And I try to do everything I can do to make it amusing or interesting enough to get published.’ and he sure was right to think so, his work being an essential partner of culture in the era before television and the internet.

Loomis Dean, Beach bums, San Onofre, California, 1950
Loomis Dean, Beach bums, San Onofre, California, 1950
Loomis Dean, San Onofre, California, 1950
Loomis Dean, San Onofre, California, 1950
Loomis Dean, San Onofre, California, 1950
Loomis Dean, San Onofre, California, 1950
Loomis Dean, Sophia Loren, 1957
Loomis Dean, Sophia Loren, 1957
Loomis Dean, Elizabeth Taylor in
Loomis Dean, Elizabeth Taylor in "Reflections in a Golden Eye", directed by John Huston, 1967
Loomis Dean, Elvis Presley, 1958
Loomis Dean, Elvis Presley, 1958
Loomis Dean, Lucille Ball during TV episode of
Loomis Dean, Lucille Ball during TV episode of "I Love Lucy", 1952
Loomis Dean, Tony Curtis during production of
Loomis Dean, Tony Curtis during production of "Houdini", 1952
Loomis Dean, Bernard Buffet and his wife Annabelle, 1959
Loomis Dean, Bernard Buffet and his wife Annabelle, 1959
Loomis Dean, Christian Dior holding a Lily of the Valley, date unknown
Loomis Dean, Christian Dior holding a Lily of the Valley, date unknown
Loomis Dean, Ernestine Clark, star of the Yustino Loyal Troupe, date unknown
Loomis Dean, Ernestine Clark, star of the Yustino Loyal Troupe, date unknown
Loomis Dean, William Burroughs in hotel, Paris, 1959
Loomis Dean, William Burroughs in hotel, Paris, 1959
Loomis Dean, Yves Saint Laurent after attending Christian Dior funeral, Paris, 1957
Loomis Dean, Yves Saint Laurent after attending Christian Dior funeral, Paris, 1957
Loomis Dean, Noel Coward, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1955
Loomis Dean, Noel Coward, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1955
Loomis Dean, Bette Davis, 1947
Loomis Dean, Bette Davis, 1947
Loomis Dean, Christian Dior, Paris, 1957
Loomis Dean, Christian Dior, Paris, 1957
Loomis Dean, Catherine Deneuve, 1961
Loomis Dean, Catherine Deneuve, 1961
Loomis Dean, Brigitte Bardot on the set of
Loomis Dean, Brigitte Bardot on the set of "La Femme et le Pantin" directed by Julien Duvivier, 1958
Loomis Dean, Riders enjoying motorcycle racing, Los Angeles, 1949
Loomis Dean, Riders enjoying motorcycle racing, Los Angeles, 1949
Loomis Dean, A Navajo woman holding a rooster, 1951
Loomis Dean, A Navajo woman holding a rooster, 1951
Loomis Dean, Alice & Ellen Kessler, Paris, 1958
Loomis Dean, Alice & Ellen Kessler, Paris, 1958
Loomis Dean, Albert Camus, 1957
Loomis Dean, Albert Camus, 1957
Loomis Dean, Man Ray, ca. 1960
Loomis Dean, Man Ray, ca. 1960
Loomis Dean, Shirley Eaton for
Loomis Dean, Shirley Eaton for "Goldfinger" for LIFE Magazine, 1964
Loomis Dean, Grace Kelly, 1954
Loomis Dean, Grace Kelly, 1954
Loomis Dean, Flamenco dancer Maria Albaicin backstage, Madrid, 1960
Loomis Dean, Flamenco dancer Maria Albaicin backstage, Madrid, 1960
Loomis Dean, MGM producer Sidney Franklin Jr. and Fagan the Lion, 1951
Loomis Dean, MGM producer Sidney Franklin Jr. and Fagan the Lion, 1951
Loomis Dean, Joan Mitchell in her studio, 1957
Loomis Dean, Joan Mitchell in her studio, 1957
Loomis Dean, Man Ray at home, Paris, 1961
Loomis Dean, Man Ray at home, Paris, 1961
Loomis Dean, Buster Keaton, 1955
Loomis Dean, Buster Keaton, 1955
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