Eliot ELISOFON
1911-1973




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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