01.14.09

The Man Who Saw Everything

A new exhibit celebrates Lawrence Schiller’s most unforgettable photographs—from Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest to O.J.’s acquittal, RFK’s cat nap to Marilyn’s skinny dip. View a gallery.

A new exhibit celebrates Lawrence Schiller’s most unforgettable photographs.

Like a photojournalistic Forrest Gump, Lawrence Schiller always seemed to be at the right place at the right time in the 1960s. He witnessed Lee Harvey Oswald being brought into the Dallas police station, was there when the Jackson 5 recorded their first album, and even watched Marilyn skinny dip. Now American Icons, a new exhibit at London’s Asprey, celebrates the man who changed the way we saw an era.

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Lawrence Schiller began his career as a photojournalist for Life magazine and the Saturday Evening Post. He has published numerous books, including W. Eugene Smith's Minamata and Norman Mailer's Marilyn. He collaborated with Albert Goldman on Ladies and Gentleman, Lenny Bruce, and with Norman Mailer on The Executioner's Song and Oswald's Tale. He has also directed seven motion pictures and miniseries for television; The Executioner's Song and Peter the Great won five Emmys.