J.R. Eyerman was on staff for Life Magazine from 1942 to 1961. He covered World War II for Life on the European and Pacific fronts.He once said: "Pressing the button for LIFE magazines just made the world stand still." Among his most famous photographs is the oft-reproduced long-shot of movie audience members all wearing 3D glasses while watching the premiere of Bwana Devil in Hollywood in November 1952.
Previously, at MoMA, J.R. Eyerman had contributed to Memorable Life Photographs, November 20 December 12, 1951; and Korea - The Impact of War in Photographs, February 13 April 22, 1951, in which 5 of his G.I. portraits were shown; and later his work appeared in Photographs from the Museum Collection, November 26, 1958 - January 18, 1959, also at the Museum of Modern Art. J.R. Eyerman left Life in 1961 to work for Time, National Geographic, and several medical magazines.
After opening his own structural engineering firm in Seattle, J.R. Eyerman developed new tools to photograph in difficult situations.
Eyerman died of kidney failure and heart failure at his home in Santa Monica, California.
Mexican workers arriving in the US to pick crops1942
Ava Gardner in One Touch of Venus1948
Marilyn Monroe takes singing lessons with Phil Moore at The Mocambo1949
The Ten Commandments1958
Children Watching a Popcorn
Quotes from others about the person
Stanley Rayfield: "Eyerman's technical innovations have helped push back the frontiers of photography. He perfected an electric eye mechanism to trip the shutters of nine cameras to make pictures of an atomic blast [at Yucca Flat, Nevada, in 1952]; devised [with Otis Barton] a special camera for taking pictures 3600 feet beneath the surface of the ocean; successfully 'speeded up' color film to make previously impossible color pictures of the shimmering, changing forms and patterns of the aurora borealis."