John Shearer, ‘Abbie Hoffman’, 1968, Paraphé

About John Shearer

As an award-winning photojournalist for LOOK and LIFE magazines, John Shearer documented some of the most critical events of the 1960s and ’70s, including the funerals of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Shearer was hired by LOOK at age 17 to photograph Civil Rights marches in the American South and went on to follow in the footsteps of his childhood idol, Gordon Parks, by working as a photographer at LIFE magazine. Shearer says that he seeks to “be invisible” with his camera and to capture scenes as objectively as possible. His best-known works include the image of 6-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father’s casket (which he took as an assistant at LOOK), scenes from the 1971 Muhammad Ali–Joe Frazier boxing match, and photographs from inside the 1971 Attica Prison riot.

American, b. 1949, based in New York, New York