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.