Join John G. Morris for a signing of his book Quelque part en France: l'été 1944. Co-author Robert Pledge will also be in attendance.
As a young photo-editor for Life magazine, John G. Morris (b. 1916) was based in London and assigned to oversee the photographic reportage of World War II. Most notably, he coordinated the dramatic photojournalistic coverage of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, including the iconic photographs of the landing made for Life by Robert Capa. With the Allied troops advancing toward German strongholds in western France, Morris joined the magazine's team of six photographers (in addition to Capa, George Rodger, Robert Landry, Ralph Morse, David E. Scherman, and Frank Scherschel) in covering the fighting in Normandy and Brittany.
Although not a photographer himself, Morris exposed 14 rolls of black-and-white film over the four weeks he spent at the front during the summer of 1944, not for publication but as a personal record. For 69 years, the negatives and contact sheets remained in a file drawer in Morris's office. Recently rediscovered by Robert Pledge of Contact Press Images, these images constitute a moving first-person account of one of the greatest conflicts of the 20th century.
Somewhere in France: John G. Morris and the Summer of 1944, curated by Pledge, is currently on view at ICP.
Please note that due to professional obligations, photographer's book signing dates may change without notification. Limit of two signed copies per customer. Pre-orders and reserve orders are not guaranteed but every effort is made to fulfill orders. Books must be purchased from the ICP Store. If purchased before date of event, please bring your receipt. For more information, call 212.857.9725.
This event takes place during voluntary contribution hours at the museum.
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