David Scherman

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David E. Scherman
David Edward Scherman

DiedMay 1997 (aged 80–81)
EducationDartmouth College
Known forphotojournalism, editing
Notable work
The Best of Life,1973

David E. Scherman (1916–1997) was an American photojournalist and editor. Born in Manhattan, he grew up in New Rochelle, New York and then attended Dartmouth College. He graduated in 1936 and became a photographer for Life magazine, covering World War II. He teamed up with a Condé Nast Publications photographer Lee Miller for many of these assignments. One photograph by Scherman of Miller in the bathtub of Adolf Hitler's apartment in Munich is one of the most iconic images from the Miller-Scherman partnership.

Scherman changed career from photographer to editor and was employed as senior editor when Life magazine ceased its weekly format in 1972. He died of cancer at age 81[1]


Scherman contributed as an editor and author to various Life and photography publications including:

  • The Best of Life, 1973, ISBN 978-0-380-00187-3
  • With John R. McCrary - First of the Many, 1981, ISBN 978-0-86051-129-8
  • With Rosemarie Redlich - Literary America: A Chronicle of American Writers from 1607-1952, 1978, ISBN 978-0-8371-8017-5
  • With Richard Wilcox - Literary England: Photographs of Places Made Memorable in English Literature, 1944, ISBN 978-0-8495-4978-6
  • With Antony Penrose - Lee Miller's War: Photographer and Correspondent With the Allies in Europe 1944-45, 1992, ISBN 978-0-8212-1870-9


  1. ^ Noble, Holcomb B. (7 May 1997). "David Scherman, 81, Editor Whose Photos Sank a Ship". The New York Times.

External links[edit]

HOLCOMB B. NOBLE (7 May 1997). "David Scherman, 81, Editor Whose Photos Sank a Ship". The New York Times.

OCLC. "Scherman, David Edward".