john olson was hired by life in 1968 at the age of 21, making him the youngest staff photographer at the magazine. before that he went to vietnam at the age of only 19 and won the robert capa gold medal for his coverage of the battle of hue, one of the bloodiest battles of the war. you may recognise his photographs of rock stars and their parents.

all images courtesy of life mag


  1. oh wow, this is amazing.

    Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog. I was going to email/comment here to let you know I posted some images from your blog, but you beat me to it ;) I always try to let people know when I’ve re-blogged their work, to make sure it’s ok.

    Thanks again!

  2. I can’t tear my eyes away from the blonde family, they’re so beautiful and fascinating.

    Thanks for providing such unique visual treats throughout the week! :)

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