Wayne F. Miller, WWII Navy Photographer, Dies at 94

Photographer Wayne F. Miller, whose subject matter changed from a devastated Hiroshima, to the daily lives of African-Americans in Chicago, to the images in Dr. Spock's A Baby's First Yearpassed away on May 22, 2013 at the age of 94.

Wayne F. Miller served as a Lieutenant during World War II in Edward Steichen's famous Naval Aviation Photography Unit. While serving in this unit he was among the first to document the destruction from the first atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima. After the war, Miller returned home to Chicago, where he documented the northward migration and lives of African-Americans during the war by in his book Chicago's South Side 1946-48. Most of this book focuses on documenting ordinary citizens, but photos of up-and-coming celebrities, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellingtion, do appear.

In the early 1950's Miller moved to California to work for Life magazine, and worked with Steichen again in "The Family of Man" exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. He retired from photography in 1975 and has since worked for the preservation of California's redwood forests.