Born in 1918 in Kansas.
Became a photographer for the Beacon and Wichita Eagle and later moved to New York to become a photographer for Newsweek. A few years later, in 1939, he worked for LIFE magazine. Most of his photography consisted of war photos. He often was directly on the battlefields, and in 1945 he was injured while taking photos in Okinawa. The recovery time from the injuries took two years.
He struggled with the commercial use of his photography with LIFE magazine and left to create his own photography book projects.
He died in 1978.