John Dominis | Artist with a camera, 92
John Dominis, 92, a longtime Life magazine photographer whose pictures of Mickey Mantle and U.S. sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos may still be etched in viewers' memories, died Monday at his New York home. The cause was cardiopulmonary arrest, according to a companion, Evelyn Floret.
Among his most famous photos were a 1965 shot of Mantle tossing away his helmet after a bad turn at bat, and Smith and Carlos raising their fists in defiance on the podium at the 1968 Olympic Games.
There were also photos from the wars in Korea and Vietnam, of often-difficult celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen, and from Woodstock.
Mr. Dominis was born in Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California, where he studied cinematography and played football, including in the 1944 Rose Bowl game that USC won. But he quit college before graduating and joined the Air Force.
In 1946, he remained in Japan, where he had been stationed, and picked up freelance assignments, including from the pinnacle of popular photojournalism, Life. When he volunteered to cover the Korean War in 1950, Life put him on staff. He stayed at the magazine for more than 20 years.
Life ended as a weekly in 1972 but still published on a less regular basis. In 1975, he became picture editor at People and then held the same position at Sports Illustrated from 1978 until 1982. Floret said he then returned to freelancing and took pictures for food books. - Los Angeles Times