John Dominis

A tribute to the late, great Life photographer

John Dominis passed away peacefully on December 30, 2013. By his side was his partner of more than three decades, artist Evelyn Floret. The renowned photo-journalist passed away at their home following complications from emergency bypass surgery a year earlier.

This website has been set up by Evelyn Floret, at the suggestion of Mike Maple. It is here so that his friends and admirers can sign his guestbook and share their memories of this extraordinary man. He may be remembered through his prolific work, which may be found through the links on the His Work and Obituaries page(s).

Please use the Guestbook  section below to share your thoughts/post comments about John. The notes posted here prior to his passing were most meaningful to him and those posted now are meaningful to those who were close to him.


John was a great inspiration to many in the creative community. If you count yourself among them and care to share a link to your website, John would be proud to offer a link to it from this site. Photos may be manually added in your guestbook message by the administrator, if you would please send them as email attachments to Evelyn at Please also use that email address, should you have any other problem pertaining to this website.

Thank you for your support.

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M.C. Marden wrote on May 22, 2017 at 5:45 pm
Wed, 14 November 2012 15:52:19 +0000

John, I of course think of you every day, many times a day as I go through your incredible archive. I am having the time of my life, looking at your work, organizing it into all the zillions of stories you worked on not only for LIFE but after LIFE. It is a dream project as you really don't take any bad photographs. Even the outtakes from the Cats of Africa are incredible. I am forever sharing with the people from the Picture Collection, i.e., Did you ever see this one of the leopard?" And the Appalachia story you did is so moving. And then you move on a do a Steve McQueen profile which has to be one of the great celebrity stories shot for LIFE. Not a bad picture in it. Evelyn might have told you that I now have the lunch counter full of cowboy extras (each with a cowboy hat on) and the one lone Indian standing, waiting for a place at the counter. It's not a political picture. It's just a great behind the scenes photo. The whole story again is one of the great behind the scenes look at the movie industry. And they go on and on. I even love the Italian cookbook photos. That green lasagna that we discussed will be made one day in my kitchen. I could go on forever. You know that I love you because you are such an incredible photographer, because you hired me at PEOPLE when I was just starting out in journalism, and mainly because you are such a wonderful man. Get better. I want to see you!
Much love, MC
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