Apr 18, 2010

The framing of what really matters

Imagination appears in many forms. Take the example of Life magazine photographer Ralph Morse in 1955, when he was given the assignment of snapping some pix related to the funeral of Albert Einstein, who had just died of heart failure.

Whereas the standard course of action is to proceed with shots of the gloomy cemetary, the weepy relatives or the undertaker's (that's what they were called back then) hearse, Morse envisioned a more dramatic and endearing image.

He proceeded to make (bribe) his way into Einstein's office, and thereupon was faced with the departed one's work desk, if full disarray and untouched since he last sat it days before. Here it is:

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