John Loengard joined the staff of photographers at LIFE magazine in 1961, and became one of LIFE’s most distinguished staff photographers developing memorable essays on Georgia O’Keeffe, the Shakers, and the Vanishing Cowboy, to name a few. In 1972, when LIFE suspended publication as a weekly, Loengard became a member of parent company Time Inc.’s magazine development group. One of his projects was People magazine, where he served as the picture editor in 1974. When LIFE revived as a monthly in 1978, Loengard became picture editor and remained in that capacity until 1987. During this tenure as editor, Loengard worked with other legendary LIFE photographers Ed Clark, Loomis Dean, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Andreas Feininger, Martha Holmes, Ralph Morse, and Margaret Bourke-White.
More recently, Loengard was a freelance photographer and author of a number of books including Pictures Under Discussion, which won the Ansel Adams Award for book photography in 1987, Celebrating the Negative, and Georgia O'Keeffe at Ghost Ranch. His book, LIFE Photographers: What They Saw, was named one of the year's ten top books of 1998 by the New York Times. The Great LIFE Photographers, edited by Loengard and released in October 2004, was well-received and favorably reviewed by NewsNight with Aaron Brown on CNN, Newshour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, and others.