John 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 had recently been receiving palliative care 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 those of you who remember John well can sign his guestbook and share your memories of your friendship with this extraordinary man.
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John was a great inspiration to many in the creative community. If you count yourself among them and care to share a link to your website, John would be proud to offer a link to it from this site.
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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.
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 Inc.family.
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.
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
what a talent! more importantly, what a privilege to know him...
Hopefully his work will continue to inspire the next generation of photographers as it inspired me.
Deepest condolences to his family and friends,
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.
We will endeavor to help the world remember, and in the future, discover, John by his wonderful legacy of photographs.
Sid and Michelle
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.
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.
Thank you for loving our wonderful Evie.