From The Library Of 'Life'

Photos That Didn't Make The Cut For 'Life'

Today in history, 75 years ago, Life magazine was officially launched. Over the years it would become home to some of the best photography in the industry. An anniversary book looks back at the very first Life cover story. And Life.com is revisiting some of the iconic photos — comparing them to photos that didn't make the cut. Here are a few from Life's gallery. These outtakes show just how crucial a few seconds can be.

  • Here's the photo you may have seen: A charming moment at the Tuileries in Paris, 1963. Children are watching a play, and photographer Alfred Eistenstaedt clicks the shutter at the exact moment when St. George slays the dragon.
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    Here's the photo you may have seen: A charming moment at the Tuileries in Paris, 1963. Children are watching a play, and photographer Alfred Eistenstaedt clicks the shutter at the exact moment when St. George slays the dragon.
    Alfred Eisenstaedt/Courtesy of 'Life'
  • Another photo from the same roll is cute, but not quite as iconic as the one in which the boy pumps his fist in triumph.
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    Another photo from the same roll is cute, but not quite as iconic as the one in which the boy pumps his fist in triumph.
    Alfred Eisenstaedt/Courtesy of 'Life'
  • Inside the Presidential box of the National Guard armory in Washington, D.C., John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie Onassis, celebrate his inauguration.
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    Inside the Presidential box of the National Guard armory in Washington, D.C., John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie Onassis, celebrate his inauguration.
    Paul Schutzer/Courtesy of 'Life'
  • In another, less successful frame, the new first lady is blinking.
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    In another, less successful frame, the new first lady is blinking.
    Paul Schutzer/Courtesy of 'Life'
  • During a break on the set of Gentleman Prefer Blondes, photographer Ed Clark catches Marilyn Monroe drinking a Coke and Jane Russell fixing her makeup.
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    During a break on the set of Gentleman Prefer Blondes, photographer Ed Clark catches Marilyn Monroe drinking a Coke and Jane Russell fixing her makeup.
    Ed Clark/Courtesy of 'Life'
  • Seconds later the mood changes, almost as if Monroe and Russell snapped to attention after hearing Clark's shutter click.
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    Seconds later the mood changes, almost as if Monroe and Russell snapped to attention after hearing Clark's shutter click.
    Ed Clark/Courtesy of 'Life'

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