John Morris is a legend, there’s just no other way to frame a discussion about him. A picture editor for Life and The New York Times, he was everywhere, it seemed, when the great images were being made.

Think about this: he edited Robert Capa’s D-Day film, producing the iconic image of a soldier crawling up out of the surf, and made the decision at the Times to run Nick Ut’s iconic image of a girl burned by napalm.

There’s a documentary on him now and Richard Fitzpatrick of the Irish Examiner has an interview up with him.

If you read nothing else, read this:

Morris says there are three things a photographer needs: an eye; a brain, to know the significance of what you’re shooting; and a heart, a feeling for people.

Pretty simple … and profound.

Mark E. Johnson

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