During his 50 year career as a photographer and
photojournalist, Leigh Wiener (1929-1993) photographed every American president
from Truman to Reagan, Hollywood legends from Marilyn to Marlon, musicians from
Miles to Sinatra, poets, scientists, writers and captains of industry. By the
age of 15 in 1944 he had sold his first photograph. He moved to Los Angeles in
1946 and worked in the photography section of the Los Angeles Times. As a photographer in 1949, he covered the death
of the little girl Fiscus who touched the whole of America. His photographs
made the cover of several hundred newspapers and launched his career.
Wiener became a staff photographer at the LA Times and shot freelance for Life, Time, Fortune…. In 1975,
he created and co-hosted the hit television programme ‘Talk about Pictures’ where professional photographers, amateurs, as
well as collectors came to talk about photographs. He was also awarded for his
documentary ‘A Slice of Sunday.’
Leigh Wiener’s photographs are in the permanent
collections of the National Portrait Gallery and many national museums. He has
also published numerous books that include his photos.
COUNTRY : USA