Photographer John Dominis died Monday at age 92 and left behind one of those archives that are hard to comprehend. Over the course of a few decades at
Life magazine, Dominis not only worked in just about every photographic genre but also seemed to have mastered them.
The underpinning to his wildly variegated archive (fashion, war, architecture, poverty) is a sensibility: a way of reconciling the gravity of life with its
levity in a single frame; an intuitive understanding of light and shadow; an enviable way of adapting to any situation.
Here is a very limited look at those moments, both iconic and quotidian, that Dominis witnessed and preserved: