The collection consists of photographs Carl Mydans created while working for Life and Time magazines. The collection is arranged
alphabetically by the location where the photographs were taken. Exceptions are the folders of General Douglas MacArthur photographs
(Box 3 Folder 1) and the portraits of political leaders of various countries (Box 2 Folders 5-6)
Original image identification letter and number given to each photograph by Mydans have been retained, as has the original
title of photograph when given. Folder headings were created by combining information on the back of the photograph with
an inventory created by the Mydans estate. When a date is noted on the photograph, it has been included in this guide.
A graduate of Boston University's school of journalism, Carl Mydans joined Life Magazine as a staff photographer in 1936.
His work over the years sent him overseas where he covered events in Britain, Sweden, Finland, Italy, France, China, and the
Philippines. In 1941, the Japanese captured and held Carl and his wife, Shelley, in Manila for almost one year and then transferred
them to Shanghai, China. They finally returned home in 1943 after being repatriated in a prisoner-of-war exchange.
After his capture and release, Mydans covered the war in Europe, specifically the battles of Italy at Cassino, Rome and Florence
and the American-Free French invasion of southern France in August, 1944. The following year saw him back in the Philippines
covering General MacArthur's landing, and in 1948, he covered the earthquake in Fukui, Japan.
Mydans would photograph General MacArthur's forces again during the Korean War. The photographs Mydans took from this time
earned him U.S. Camera Magazine's Gold Achievement Award.
Carl Mydans died on August 16, 2004 at his home in Larchmont, New York. His wife, whom he married in 1938, died in 2002.