Take a gander at BBC Four’s documentary on LIFE magazine. It’s not hyperbole to say that some of the best and most icon images ever where shot by LIFE photographers.
It’s pretty amazing that one magazine, a photo magazine in fact, had such an influence on America. For obvious reasons this couldn’t happen today but I do wish there was something analogous to LIFE around in 2013. What that would be or look like I don’t know.
Today it’s all about copious, ridiculous amounts of content spewing forth from thousands of outlets. More content then we’ll ever know what to do with. LIFE had content but it was focused, illuminating, defining and reflective of our identity as a nation.