Photography

Glinn, Burt (1925 - 2008)

Having practiced photography from teenage hood, Burt Glinn joined Life magazine, in 1949, as an assistant to most of the staff. Thus he encountered Robert Capa and Alfred Eisenstaedt and was introduced to the Magnum agency which he joined in 1951. Throughout his long career, the American photographer captured numerous legendary images that have shaped the way we look at History, should they be cultural, social or political, from the Sinai war to Bobby Kennedy’s presidential campaign and to Eton school’s pupils. He was the author of iconic portraits of Sammy Davis Jr leaning, exhausted against a hotel window as well as that of Andy Warhol, Chuck Wein and Edie Sedgwick surfacing from a Manhattan manhole. However, the image that mostly summarizes Burt Glinn’s ability to seize the moment is his rear-view portrait of Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev facing the monumental sculpture of Abraham Lincoln as if it was looking upon him from safe-distance: no better symbol could have illustrated the Cold War.

Tags / Burt Glinn - American Photographer - Portrait - 1960s - History - Iconic
Burt Glinn, The head cheerleader and the captain of the football team embrace after a game. The team had just won a game for the first time in three years, Seattle, Washington, 1955
Burt Glinn, The head cheerleader and the captain of the football team embrace after a game. The team had just won a game for the first time in three years, Seattle, Washington, 1955
Burt Glinn, Thelonious Monk performing at the Newport Jazz Festival, New York City, 1974
Burt Glinn, Thelonious Monk performing at the Newport Jazz Festival, New York City, 1974
Burt Glinn, Italian director of Fiat, Giovanni Agnelli, 1978
Burt Glinn, Italian director of Fiat, Giovanni Agnelli, 1978
Burt Glinn, Author C.S. Lewis, Cambridge, England, 1958
Burt Glinn, Author C.S. Lewis, Cambridge, England, 1958
Burt Glinn, Harry Truman speaking at the Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 1956
Burt Glinn, Harry Truman speaking at the Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 1956
Burt Glinn, Hugh Hefner working at the Playboy Mansion, Chicago, Illinois, 1966
Burt Glinn, Hugh Hefner working at the Playboy Mansion, Chicago, Illinois, 1966
Burt Glinn, Two young protestors rest outside the convention hall during the turbulent 1968 Democratic Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 1968
Burt Glinn, Two young protestors rest outside the convention hall during the turbulent 1968 Democratic Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 1968
Burt Glinn, Ball for the debut of Lindy Guinness at Belvoir Castle, England 1959
Burt Glinn, Ball for the debut of Lindy Guinness at Belvoir Castle, England 1959
Burt Glinn, Crowds celebrating the liberation of Havana in the main plaza, Havana, Cuba, 1959
Burt Glinn, Crowds celebrating the liberation of Havana in the main plaza, Havana, Cuba, 1959
Burt Glinn, Fritz Lang, Hollywood, California, 1966
Burt Glinn, Fritz Lang, Hollywood, California, 1966
Burt Glinn, New York State Senator Robert Kennedy and his wife Ethel campaigning in a small Midwest town, Indiana, 1968
Burt Glinn, New York State Senator Robert Kennedy and his wife Ethel campaigning in a small Midwest town, Indiana, 1968
Burt Glinn,  General Moshe Dayan giving a briefing during the 1956 Sinai War, Israel, 1956
Burt Glinn, General Moshe Dayan giving a briefing during the 1956 Sinai War, Israel, 1956
Burt Glinn, Opening of the Picasso Retrospective at the Tate Gallery, London, England, 1960
Burt Glinn, Opening of the Picasso Retrospective at the Tate Gallery, London, England, 1960
Burt Glinn, Twiggy, London, England, 1966
Burt Glinn, Twiggy, London, England, 1966
Burt Glinn, Robert Kennedy with nine of his children at their Hickory Hill home.  It is the last weekend with his family before going on the campaign trail, McLean, Virginia, 1968
Burt Glinn, Robert Kennedy with nine of his children at their Hickory Hill home. It is the last weekend with his family before going on the campaign trail, McLean, Virginia, 1968
Burt Glinn, Monks in early morning contemplation of Mount Fuji, Mount Fuji, Japan, 1961
Burt Glinn, Monks in early morning contemplation of Mount Fuji, Mount Fuji, Japan, 1961
Burt Glinn, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Barney Rosset in Washington Square Park, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Barney Rosset in Washington Square Park, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Chuck Wein, New York,  1965
Burt Glinn, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Chuck Wein, New York, 1965
Burt Glinn, Gloria Swanson, Jose Ferrer and Judy Holliday at the Academy Awards, New York, 1950
Burt Glinn, Gloria Swanson, Jose Ferrer and Judy Holliday at the Academy Awards, New York, 1950
Burt Glinn, Marilyn Monroe and John Huston, New York, 1956
Burt Glinn, Marilyn Monroe and John Huston, New York, 1956
Burt Glinn, David Amram at the Five Spot Cafe, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, David Amram at the Five Spot Cafe, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, Helen Frankenthaler and David Smith in Frankenthaler's studio, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, Helen Frankenthaler and David Smith in Frankenthaler's studio, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, Merce Cunningham and Anita Huffington, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, Merce Cunningham and Anita Huffington, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, Queen Elizabeth, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, Queen Elizabeth, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, Sammy Davis Jr. dances across Madison Avenue after his last show at the Copa Cabana, New York, 1959
Burt Glinn, Sammy Davis Jr. dances across Madison Avenue after his last show at the Copa Cabana, New York, 1959
Burt Glinn, Sammy Davis Jr. looking out a Manhattan window at dawn, New York, 1959
Burt Glinn, Sammy Davis Jr. looking out a Manhattan window at dawn, New York, 1959
Burt Glinn, Leonard Bernstein conducting the final rehearsal for
Burt Glinn, Leonard Bernstein conducting the final rehearsal for "Carmen" at Lincoln Center, New York, 1972
Burt Glinn, Elizabeth Taylor on the set of
Burt Glinn, Elizabeth Taylor on the set of "Suddenly Last Summer", Sagaro, Spain, 1959
Burt Glinn, Massage in a guest room at the Palace Hotel, Saint Moritz, Switzerland, 1959
Burt Glinn, Massage in a guest room at the Palace Hotel, Saint Moritz, Switzerland, 1959
Burt Glinn, Brigitte Bardot and Sacha Distel, Saint-Tropez, France, 1958
Burt Glinn, Brigitte Bardot and Sacha Distel, Saint-Tropez, France, 1958
Burt Glinn, Fidel Castro delivers a speech during the Cuban Revolution  that lasts for hours, Santa Clara, Cuba, 1959
Burt Glinn, Fidel Castro delivers a speech during the Cuban Revolution that lasts for hours, Santa Clara, Cuba, 1959
Burt Glinn, Opening of the Picasso Retrospective at the Tate Gallery, London, England, 1960
Burt Glinn, Opening of the Picasso Retrospective at the Tate Gallery, London, England, 1960
Burt Glinn, Nikita Khrushchev in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C, 1959
Burt Glinn, Nikita Khrushchev in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C, 1959
Burt Glinn, Members of the Nation of Islam guard the Capitol stage during the Million Man March, Washington D.C, 1995
Burt Glinn, Members of the Nation of Islam guard the Capitol stage during the Million Man March, Washington D.C, 1995
Burt Glinn, Life on an Assiniboine Indian reservation, Montana, 1954
Burt Glinn, Life on an Assiniboine Indian reservation, Montana, 1954
Burt Glinn, Life on an Assiniboine Indian reservation, Montana, 1954
Burt Glinn, Life on an Assiniboine Indian reservation, Montana, 1954
Burt Glinn, Members of the Seattle Tubing Society in full float, Seattle, 1953
Burt Glinn, Members of the Seattle Tubing Society in full float, Seattle, 1953
Burt Glinn, Museum of Modern Art Opening.
Burt Glinn, Museum of Modern Art Opening. "Black on Black on black": Two Nuns Viewing Ad Reinhardt Painting, New York, 1964
Burt Glinn, Christopher Reeve as Superman. Flying effects with director Richard Donner supervising (in foreground), 1978
Burt Glinn, Christopher Reeve as Superman. Flying effects with director Richard Donner supervising (in foreground), 1978
Burt Glinn, First Communion at St. Esteban del Rey Church, which was built in 1630 and has served American Indians, Acoma, New Mexico, 1964
Burt Glinn, First Communion at St. Esteban del Rey Church, which was built in 1630 and has served American Indians, Acoma, New Mexico, 1964
Burt Glinn, Painters Joan Mitchell (left), Helen Frankenthaler (center), and Grace Hartigan (right) at the opening of an exhibition of Frankenthaler paintings, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, Painters Joan Mitchell (left), Helen Frankenthaler (center), and Grace Hartigan (right) at the opening of an exhibition of Frankenthaler paintings, New York, 1957
Burt Glinn, Jack Kerouac shows affection to an admirer at Seven Arts Cafe, New York, 1959
Burt Glinn, Jack Kerouac shows affection to an admirer at Seven Arts Cafe, New York, 1959
Burt Glinn, Jack Kerouac at a Beat party, New York, 1959
Burt Glinn, Jack Kerouac at a Beat party, New York, 1959
Burt Glinn, Sightseers on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, New York, 1949
Burt Glinn, Sightseers on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, New York, 1949
Burt Glinn, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1949
Burt Glinn, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1949
Burt Glinn, A stripper at Club Samoa on 52nd Street, New York, 1949
Burt Glinn, A stripper at Club Samoa on 52nd Street, New York, 1949
Burt Glinn, Sammy's Bowery Follies, New York, 1949
Burt Glinn, Sammy's Bowery Follies, New York, 1949
Burt Glinn, Sailors on leave on Broadway, New York, 1949
Burt Glinn, Sailors on leave on Broadway, New York, 1949
Burt Glinn, Game farm, USA, 1952
Burt Glinn, Game farm, USA, 1952
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