Mariah Carey, Marilyn Monroe, and Maya Angelou All Posed for This Life Photographer

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Mariah Carey photographed by John Loengard in a friend’s Manhattan apartment, 1990. Photo: John Loengard

It’s fair to say photographer John Loengard is a Life magazine legend. As a staff photographer from 1961 to 1972, he consistently shot cultural icons (including the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, and Georgia O’Keeffe). From 1973 to 1987, he was photo editor and oversaw the magazine’s rebirth as a monthly.

The new book Moment by Moment, out today from Thames and Hudson, features 133 of Loengard’s most celebrated black-and-white photographs. The impressive collection of portraits includes Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall in the 1960s, Queen Elizabeth II in Ethiopia, and Louis Armstrong sipping beer at a Queens barbershop. Click ahead to see Mariah Carey lounging at a friend’s apartment in 1990, Maya Angelou weeks before she read a poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, and Annie Leibovitz atop the Chrysler Building.

This Life Photographer Shot Icons Like Mariah and Marilyn