(1917 - )
Ralph Morse was an eyewitness to some of the most important
events during the 20th Century. He photographed some of the most widely
seen pictures of World War II,
the space program, and sports events. During his thirty years at LIFE Magazine, Morse covered every type of assignment from science to theatre,
and he was the senior staff photographer at the time it ceased publication.
Encyclopedias and history books abound with his coverage of World War
II, the marines at Guadalcanal, the Doolittle raid in Tokyo, and Patton's
drive across France. Morse was the only civilian photographer covering
the surrender of the German armies to General Eisenhower for the entire
world to see.
Assigned to the space program during its infancy, he spent fifteen
years using inventive photography to explain the astronauts and the
space flights to LIFE’s readers.
Claiming to be a specialist in nothing, but a journalist portraying
words in pictures, his thirty awards helped inspire LIFE's ex-managing
editor, Georgia Hunt to quote in a speech, “If LIFE could
afford only one photographer, it would have to be Ralph Morse.”
Morse was an eyewitness to some of the most important events during
the 20th Century. The Eighth Astronaut: My Life with LIFE is
Sources: American Jewish
Historical Society Newsletter Fall/Winter 2003