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Steve McQueen photographed by John Dominis

Steve McQueen photographed by John Dominis

John Dominis is best known for his work at LIFE magazine, a publication who initially hired him to cover the Korean War in 1950. Among his memorable essays Dominis covered the 1956 Olympics in Australia; water buffaloes and their boy keepers in Thailand; the celebrations for Buddha’s 2500th birthday in Burma; the early years of the Vietnam war; John Kennedy’s “I am a Berliner” speech; Woodstock; Nixon’s trip to China; and many celebrities including Steve McQueen.

John Dominis

“That’s my technique with people. I’m sort of a fly on the wall. You try not to interfere, hang around, hope that they don’t even notice you, and if they do, they don’t care.”

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