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The man who shot The Beatles, Ronald Reagan and Louis Armstrong

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In 1945, when he was 11 years old, John Loengard started taking photographs. He would borrow the camera his father, a chemical engineer, had bought to celebrate the end of the Second World War and head out into the streets around their Manhattan home. "By the time I was 15, I'd taken pictures of all my family and friends, and all the neighbourhood landmarks," he says, speaking down the phone from New York. "I thought I had run out of subjects."

A new book, Moment by Moment, suggests otherwise. It gathers together more than 100 images taken by Loengard during his subsequent career at Life magazine, the photojournalism bible where he worked from 1961, first as a staff photographer and later as its picture editor.

Life came to both document and define American consciousness and – as the pictures reproduced on these pages show – Loengard counted everyone from monarchs to pop stars among his subjects....

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