'LIFE' Goes On: Photo Magazine Returns

Sarah Jessica Parker graces the cover of the new 'LIFE' magazine, which debuted Oct. 1. i i

hide captionSarah Jessica Parker graces the cover of the new LIFE magazine, which debuted Friday, Oct. 1.

LIFE Magazine ©Time, Inc.
Sarah Jessica Parker graces the cover of the new 'LIFE' magazine, which debuted Oct. 1.

Sarah Jessica Parker graces the cover of the new LIFE magazine, which debuted Friday, Oct. 1.

LIFE Magazine ©Time, Inc.
The very first issue of 'LIFE' magazine featured a Margaret Bourke-White photo of Ft. Peck dam. i i

hide captionThe very first issue of LIFE magazine, Nov. 23, 1936, featured a Margaret Bourke-White photo of Ft. Peck Dam.

LIFE Magazine ©Time, Inc.
The very first issue of 'LIFE' magazine featured a Margaret Bourke-White photo of Ft. Peck dam.

The very first issue of LIFE magazine, Nov. 23, 1936, featured a Margaret Bourke-White photo of Ft. Peck Dam.

LIFE Magazine ©Time, Inc.

The photographic journal LIFE, whose pages have featured some of the most unforgettable images in history, returned to U.S. newsstands this week. Launched in 1936 as a weekly, the magazine ceased publication in 1972. Between 1978 and 2000, LIFE returned as a monthly, but circulation failed to match its earlier heyday.

LIFE's backers are now hoping to recapture its audience by bringing it back once again, this time as a weekly insert in local newspapers around the country. NPR's John Ydstie speaks with LIFE managing editor Bill Shapiro and former LIFE photographer and photo editor John Loengard, who joined the magazine in 1961.

Renowned for its large, dramatic images, LIFE magazine was a pioneer in photojournalism. From D-Day landings in Europe and V-J celebrations in Times Square to Hollywood starlets and world leaders, the magazine's photographers captured some of the 20th century's most iconic images.

The new incarnation of LIFE will continue to rely heavily on visual elements. "This LIFE, in its heart and its soul and its DNA, is based on the old LIFE, and with good reason," Shapiro says. "We're trying to capture that sense of wonder and curiosity on every page."

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