Rollicking good fun, solemnly historic, quiet or boisterous, each of the pictures on these pages is just about everything a LIFE photograph ought to be. It doesn't adorn or illustrate a story. It is a story, or an elemental part of one. The photographers pictured here represent, but by no means exhaust, the range of talent employed by the magazine. While some of them have gained a reputation for their pictures of particular subjects--sports, science, celebrities, fashion, wildlife, war--they are all capable, in their own way, of covering any assignment. Their choices are as diverse as they are.
MARY ELLEN MARK
Photograph by Andrew French
Runaway Kids, 1983
"I believe that each picture in a photographic essay should be able to stand on its own and I think this one does," says Mark, whose subjects for LIFE have ranged from Mother Teresa to Marlon Brando. 'Photojournalism is social commentary. To me, this picture shows what it feels like to be on the streets."