You know John Dominis’ work, even if you do not recognize the name.
John Dominis’ photography holds very little unity in theme or style except stunning. As a photographer for LIFE magazine, Dominis traveled the world capturing moments of history and nature. His work captures something deeply alive, from the photographs of the Korean War and nature images of deer or cheetahs to the relationship of Steve McQueen and his wife and the decline of Mickey Mantel’s baseball career. It is American, in the sense the photos capture a realistically romantic image of the world from an American perspective.
He was recently highlighted by LIFE, you can read the whole story here.
If you decide to learn more about John Dominis realize he is a different person than John Owens Dominis. John Owens Dominis was the husband of Liliʻuokalani, the last reigning queen of Hawaii. Owens-Dominis sounds like a fascinating character and though he is irrelevant to the photography world, I recommend the Wikipedia entry on him.