Student daydreaming during class. Photograph by Allan Grant. Florida, USA, March 1947. Time Life Pictures.
Hardly a sycophantic “celebrity photographer,” Grant (1919-2008) was perfectly aware of his own skills as a photographer, and a newsman. When asked in an early 1990s interview by LIFE staffer, John Loengard, what kind of photographer he thought he was, Grant replied with a refreshing directness: “I would say a good one, for starters. I stayed [at LIFE] for a long time. I was very versatile; I did everything.”