Each week, from literally hundreds of rolls of film, some 100 individual photographs are selected for publication in PEOPLE. "We look for liveliness and variety," explains Picture Editor Mary Dunn. "Our photographs must always tell us something about the person depicted—and in the case of a celebrity, something we didn't know before. If the subjects are less well-known, the photos must introduce them by telling us who they are and exactly what they do."
The primary responsibility for photo assignment and selection is borne by Dunn, Assistant Picture Editor Mary Carroll Marden and their six-member staff (above). Their task is made immeasurably more rewarding because of the contributions of a distinguished roster of photographers including Alfred Eisenstaedt, Arnold Newman, Co Rentmeester, Harry Benson, Jill Krementz, Francesco Scavullo, Henry Grossman, plus dozens of other, rising names.
This year, for the first time, some of the most memorable images from the pages of this magazine will be touring the U.S. as part of an exhibit titled Pictures of People. They range from food critic Craig Claiborne in his sauna to baseball great Willie Stargell with his family, from singer Roy Clark piloting his biplane upside down to newsman John Chancellor posing as Thomas Jefferson for the Bicentennial. The show will premiere to the public April 7, with a two-week run at the Plaza Frontenac in St. Louis. The second stop will be Beachwood Place in Cleveland, beginning May 7. We're now planning a tour of cities across the U.S. So wherever you live, chances are we may be coming your way.
I cordially invite you to see the show. In this selection of nearly 80 photographs, I think you will find that each image speaks eloquently of the fun, fascination and special sense of discovery that are the hallmarks of PEOPLE.