Art in Life: Fashioning Political Ideology Through Visual Culture in Mid-Century America
journal contributionposted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by Isadora A. Helfgott
Life magazine debuted onto the American publishing scene in November, 1936. The third major publication to come out of Henry Luce's publishing empire, Time, Inc., Life was a picture magazine. It helped to transform visual culture in America, elevating images over text as a means of communication and developing an influential new style of photographic journalism first introduced in the magazine's inaugural issue with Margaret Bourke-White's photographs of the Fort Peck Dam. Ranging in subjects from international politics to society news, Life provided a visual survey of modern experience for its readers, a weekly synopsis of the state of the world presented through pictures elucidated with bold headlines and short captions.