John Loengard was born in New York City in 1934. In 2005, American Photo magazine identified Loengard as "one of the 100 most influential people in photography." He began shooting photography professionally for LIFE magazine when he was still a senior at Harvard University. He spent much of his career photographing for LIFE in its various incarnations, acting as the picture editor of the monthly LIFE magazine relaunch from 1978-1987. He is the author of eight books of photography including Celebrating the Negative (Arcade Publishing, 1994), and As I See It (Vendome Press, 2005). David Friend, Vanity Fair's editor of creative development, served as LIFE magazine's director of photography during the 1990s. Friend is the author of Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11 (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2006). And he won Emmy and Peabody Awards as an executive producer of the CBS documentary 9/11, which has aired in more than 140 countries.