Carl Mydans began his photographic career with the Farm Security Administration in 1935, and was quickly hired away by Life magazine in 1936. Mydans photographed national stories until 1939, when Life sent Carl and his wife Shelley Smith Mydans to cover the war in Europe as the first husband and wife photo-journalist team.
Carl Mydans From Europe, the couple was re-assigned to the Pacific theater. In 1941 they were captured by Japanese forces in the Philippines and held as prisoners of war until 1943. Mydans returned to the war alone in 1944 to cover the Italian front, while his wife and partner remained behind in the United States. The bulk of this exhibit and of the library's Mydans collection focuses on his work as a war photographer.
All photographs in this display are protected under United States copyright law and are exhibited here for educational use only. The prints from which the scans were made were donated by the estate of Carl Mydans and are available for study in the reading room of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.