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Eliot Elisofon Chronology

1911

Born April 17 in New York City

1933

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University

1935-1938

Co-founds and operates a commercial studio, August & Co., in New York City

1936

Joins the Photo League

1937

First public exhibition of his photographs

First publication of his photographs in LIFE magazine

1937-1942

Freelance photographer for numerous American periodical publications

First one-man show, at Marion Willard's East River Gallery

1938-1942

Teaches photography at the New School for Social Research and the American Artists School

1939

Appointed by Beaumont Newhall as the first staff photographer for the Museum of Modern Art

1940

First visit to Vinalhaven Island, Maine, where he will later build a home

Marries Mavis Lyons

1940-1941

Serves as president of the Photo League

1942-1945

Joins U.S. Army as photographer; serves in North African, Scandinavian and Pacific Theaters.

Full-time staff photographer for LIFE

1943

Traveling exhibition "Tunisian Triumph" opens at Museum of Modern Art

1946

Divorced from Mavis Elisofon

1947

First full introduction to Africa in a five-month assignment for LIFE

1950

Marries Joan Baker Spear

1952

Birth of daughter, Elin

Special Color Consultant for John Huston's Moulin Rouge

1954

Birth of daughter, Jill

1958

Special Color Consultant and still photographer for Bell, Book and Candle

1959

Receives research grant in Primitive Art at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University

1961

Named Research Associate at Harvard University

1963-1965

Color Consultant for The Greatest Story Ever Told

1964

Leaves the LIFE staff but retains his office and continues to contribute stories and photographs

1965

Divorced from Joan Elisofon

1966

Directs the prologue for Khartoum

1966-1967

Creative Director for ABC-TV series, Africa

1971-1972

Produces, writes and directs Group W/Westinghouse series, Black African Heritage

Wills his African art collection and his photographic archive of African images to the Smithsonian Institution.

Final weekly issue of LIFE

1973

Dies April 7 in New York City

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