June 27, 1921-December 30, 2013


John Dominis, photo by Evelyn FloretJohn Dominis passed away peacefully on December 30, 2013. By his side was his partner of more than three decades, artist Evelyn Floret. The renowned photo-journalist passed away at their home following complications from emergency bypass surgery a year earlier.

This website has been set up by Evelyn Floret, at the suggestion of Mike Maple. It is here so that his friends and admirers can sign his guestbook and share their memories of this extraordinary man.

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(90) Evelyn Floret
Thu, 26 June 2014 19:01:43 +0000

In Memory of John Dominis
On his birthday June 27,1921

He Left us the Moment

He lived in the moment
He stayed in the moment
He captured the moment
He foresaw the moment
- And created the moment
- A moment of passion
From his pure heart
Without a moment's regret.

Evelyn Floret

(89) Sheraz
Sat, 26 April 2014 10:13:54 +0000
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Sorry to hear about loss of great photographer.
i found him on google and wanted to write his something for suggestions.
I was going to ask him how do i sell my photos on getty.
Anyway my regards for him.


(88) Dale Laszig
Thu, 20 February 2014 15:31:48 +0000

I met John’s son on my way to California. We were both 15. The airlines were on strike that summer, so we traveled across the country on a Trailways bus with uniformed attendants who served us meals and snacks. I remember departing from Port Authority, waving from our front seats at my parents and John, who were standing together, waving enthusiastically. Since then, whenever I see a photo credit, it always brings a smile.

(87) Eleanor Graves
Wed, 22 January 2014 19:55:53 +0000

Dear Evelyn,

I've been thinking of you since John died and of what good care you took of him. I want you to know how much we miss him. Ralph and I were so fond of John. We were very close at LIFE Magazine.

Ralph, who as you know died six months ago, was the last Managing Editor at LIFE. He said that, if he had to survive at LIFE with one photographer or start a new magazine with one photographer, it would be John Dominis.

This is a story about John I'd like to share with you: At LIFE, I was the Modern Living Editor and then afterwards, I originated the idea of Great Dinners as a monthly LIFE feature. It was at that time that John and I worked on food pictures in the studio and we used to have fights. He thought he was the boss and I thought I was the boss. We would do 4 or 5 food pictures at a time. One day, on the last shot of the day, everything went wrong. John was annoyed and I was annoyed. Although we had planned a celebratory lunch at La Grenouille, I stayed behind with the cook to prepare to reshoot the last shot. I sometimes prepared the food and we had a cook there as well. So, John and the crew went to lunch at La Grenouille, and we were going to reshoot afterwards. John didn't want to come back. But, of course, he did return and came in carrying this enormous bowl of chocolate mouse from La Grenouille. He knew I loved chocolate. It was so sweet of him and so funny to picture him walking down the street with this huge bowl of chocolate mouse. I never forgot it. It was a true John Dominis gesture, affectionate and grand.


(86) Anthony Neste
Sat, 11 January 2014 16:57:53 +0000
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I come with a heavy heart. It was only yesterday when i opened up SI that i found out of John's passing.I have been shooting now for over 30 years and it was John that gave me my first assignment at Sports Illustrated. We first meet In the fall of 1980,when you had to actually sit across a desk and show your work face to face to an editor, I was a little nervous to say the least to be showing my portfolio to John Dominis, OMG. But he was so gracious in viewing and critiquing my work i was hoping he seen something he liked. As he closed my book he gave me this look that i couldn't quite figure out,I thought ok here it comes , "thanks kid don't call us we'll call you". But then he gave me a smile and said "What are you doing this Saturday?". Well, that first assignment at a South Carolina football game turned my life around. It started an amazing 15 year career at Sports Illustrated and with many others in the Time
I wish now that I could have seen him before his passing. But that fall day when we first meet will be a day I will cherish forever.

Peace,_Anthony Neste

(85) Jan Zonon
Sat, 11 January 2014 13:49:09 +0000

Dear Evelyn,

I just learned of John's passing and am so sorry you have lost your partner of so many wonderful years. I met John in 1993 on the mountains of Taos, New Mexico where he had taken a ski trip with his daughter Dori. My late husband Barry and I enjoyed many ski runs and several meals together and over the course of that week enjoyed getting to know him. Such a humble man, I had no idea of his extraordinary talent until discovering on my own that he was behind so many iconic images I had grown up with. A couple of years later, much to our delight, Barry and I reacquainted ourselves with John when we learned we belonged to the same tennis club in Amagansett. In the last few years I have again enjoyed his company at South Fork Country Club. I shall always remember this kind, talented man with a gorgeous head of silver hair and a twinkle in the bluest of eyes.

God Bless, Jan Zonon

(84) Dick Swanson
Thu, 9 January 2014 16:07:33 +0000
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John was my picture editor at People Mag. and told me my pictures stunk or were good...he always had suggestions to make the bad ones acceptable and the good ones even most memorable times with him were in the kitchen eating his pictures after he was done with his imagination...

what a talent! more importantly, what a privilege to know him...

(83) David Geffin
Mon, 6 January 2014 01:33:02 +0000
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I was very sorry to hear of John's passing yesterday. I wrote an homage to him, celebrating his life and his work for the photography website i write for. If anyone is interested in can be read here:

Hopefully his work will continue to inspire the next generation of photographers as it inspired me.

Deepest condolences to his family and friends,


(82) Neile McQueen
Sun, 5 January 2014 02:45:55 +0000

Dear Evelyn,

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I just found out by way of Paris. It must have happened while I was on my flight home.

He was the sweetest man. The one thing that always stands out in my mind is the big album John gave Steve and me of the fabulous photos he took of us in 1963. I'm so happy that I was at least able to see him two years ago and had that contact with him because of the German Coffee Table book that Bob Adelman put together this past year. Hopefully it will be published here.

Take care and God bless.

Neile McQueen

(81) geir lillemark
Sat, 4 January 2014 13:09:55 +0000

One of the giants has fallen. John Dominis took the pictures that made me take my choice, to become a photographer. RIP.

(80) Sid and Michelle Monroe
Fri, 3 January 2014 21:03:00 +0000
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We send our deepest condolences to all of John's family. John was truly one of the greatest photographers that we had the pleasure of know and showing in our gallery, and moreover he was an extraordinary human being.

We will endeavor to help the world remember, and in the future, discover, John by his wonderful legacy of photographs.

Sid and Michelle

(79) Charles Pascale
Fri, 3 January 2014 20:54:09 +0000

John and his fellow Life Photographers fed my passion for photography, which continues age 67. Further, my two daughters are skilled photographers, and still take the "old dog" to photo exhibits in NYC. The well executed, balanced photo still moves without drama.

Fri, 3 January 2014 13:52:05 +0000
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My condolences to John's family. I am YALE JOEL's son and met John the year before Yale died in 2006.
Looking through his photos the last few days has been a marvelous experience-- reminding me of the extraordinary world these Life Magazine photographers live in. John was... one of the last.

(77) Nick Khazal
Thu, 2 January 2014 19:50:41 +0000

What an amazing body of work and visual narrative! Thank you for sharing with the rest of us. You'll be missed by many and forgotten by none.

(76) Jeff Barger
Thu, 2 January 2014 17:02:54 +0000
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I met John when he was speaking at the school I learned photography at (Milwaukee Area Technical College)a few years ago. I graduated back in 1979 and have been making a living with my cameras since then. When I heard he was coming to speak at MATC, I cleared my calendar so I could attend. I really enjoyed hearing him speak, and talked with him after his presentation. He was a pleasure to speak with, and was inspiring to me. I have a great deal of respect for John, and wish his family well. He will be missed by many.

(75) Robin Leavitt Melen
Wed, 1 January 2014 23:20:26 +0000

I was lucky enough to grow up with John and his family in my life. He worked with my dad, Scot, on Life magazine, and they were very close friends. John was such a presence in his quiet, strong way. The stories they told, the lives they lived ... There was nothing like Life magazine and its team of writers and editors. There was a special bond. Godspeed, John. Love to the family.

(74) Manny Millan
Wed, 1 January 2014 16:55:37 +0000

Dear Evelyn,

I am deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. John was much more than my mentor and good friend,
he was a huge inspiration to all photographer's and much admired by all who were fortunate to have known him as a person. His wonderful storytelling, wit and charm will be missed.

Can you please keep me posted as to funeral arrangements and/or memorial for John.

Manny Millan

(73) Castel Ortiz
Wed, 1 January 2014 05:15:40 +0000
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I am remembering being at the top of the Empire State Building and having it all to ourselves after the opening night party for Young Frankenstein. Just one of the many special moments I've shared with you and Evelyn. I am privileged to call you my friend. A true Renaissance Man, you will be sorely missed…


(72) Cynthia Hurwitz
Wed, 1 January 2014 05:03:34 +0000

I am among the very fortunate people who was honored to meet John as a man and a loving family friend. Thank you John for taking us on journeys that we would never have had the opportunity to enjoy.
Thank you for loving our wonderful Evie.

(71) Dino Romano
Tue, 31 December 2013 23:41:50 +0000

What a loss. But what he added to our lives, his photos and insight, will always be here to do what he intended; open minds, elucidate, educate.