J. R. Eyerman

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J.R. Eyerman (9 October 1906 – 4 December 1985) was an American photographer and photojournalist. He was on staff for Life Magazine from 1942 to 1961.[1] His work has also appeared in Time, National Geographic, and other publications.

Eyerman was born in Butte, Montana. His parents were photographers. After opening his own structural engineering firm in Seattle, he developed new tools to photograph in difficult situations. He developed a type of electric eye to photograph the atomic bomb test at Yucca Flat, Nevada, in 1952. Underwater photograph work with Otis Barton involved making a camera enclosure suitable for photographing the depths. Eyerman also utilized a concave mirror to photograph the aurora borealis. He covered World War II for Life on the European and Pacific fronts.

Eyerman once said, "Pressing the button for LIFE magazines just made the world stand still."[2] Among his most famous photographs is that of movie audience members wearing 3-D glasses while watching the premiere of Bwana Devil in Hollywood in November 1952.

Eyerman died of kidney failure and heart failure at his home in Santa Monica, California.[3]

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  1. ^ "J. R. Eyerman - Rare, Never-Seen: 'Spartacus' at 50" LIFE
  2. ^ That was the Life, Dora Jane Hamblin, Andre Deutsch Ltd, London, 1977, p.290
  3. ^ "Photographer J. R. Eyerman Dies" Los Angeles Times. Accessed 5 August 2012