Loomis Dean’s low-key demeanor helped put his subjects at ease, allowing him to capture unique shots of both European and Hollywood royalty during the heyday of mid-century life. His enduring images, 52 of them cover shots for Life Magazine, included everyone from Sophia Loren in her prime to Ernest Hemmingway a year before his death. He captured a post-war era that included royal weddings, fashion shows, celebrities, the Las Vegas strip, lazy days at the beach and more.
One of Dean’s best known photos is of British Entertainer Noel Coward posing in a tuxedo in the middle of the Nevada desert. This helped define his reputation as a trustworthy risk-taker and solidify him as one of the great lifestyle photographers of that era.