The Photo Diary of John G. Morris Auction
The 225 photographic prints for the sale will be exhibited for three days at Drouot Montaigne, 15 avenue
Montaigne on Thursday and Friday 28-29 April from 11 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 30 April from 10 to 1 p.m.
The exhibition is open to the public and a fully illustrated paper catalogue will be available for 30 euros.
In our visual age, photo editors have silently written history behind the scenes. John G. Morris has participated in
the greatest photographic chapters of the 20th century. Perhaps best known as Robert Capa’s picture editor for Life
magazine on D-Day, Morris’s impact on the lexicon of contemporary visual history spans nearly seventy-five years.
While at the Ladies’ Home Journal, he conceived of the series, People are People: The World Over, changing the way
America viewed the world and inspiring Edward Steichen’s blockbuster Family of Man 1955 exhibition. As the first
Executive Editor of Magnum Photos, Morris played a key role in establishing many standards of practice in photojournalism,
from story boarding to distribution. At The Washington Post, he balanced images inside the White
House with coverage of the conflict in Vietnam. As picture editor for The New York Times he chose the first images
of the moon landing published in color. Morris moved to Paris in 1983 where he worked for nearly a decade as
correspondent and editor for National Geographic Magazine. In May 2010, John G. Morris was honored with a
Lifetime Achievement Award by The International Center of Photography.
Highlights of the sale include rare vintage works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour, Elliott
Erwitt, Robert Frank, Toni Frissell, Frank Horvat, Dorothea Langeand many award winning press photographs.
The photographs in this memorable auction are both personal gifts from the artists to John and creative working
prints completing the visual diary of John G. Morris. The verso of each print in this collection is inscribed by hand
to share the stories behind the images and celebrate the enduring friendships with the photographers themselves.
Auction inquiries, online catalogue and information: www.photoceros.com
John’s Party 27 April at 6:15 p.m., 15 avenue Montaigne, Paris