American photographer Wayne F. Miller died yesterday at the age of 94. Miller began his career in service to the Navy as a combat photographer during WWII, providing impactful images that range from the sailors’ mundane routines to the victims of Hiroshima. After the war ended, he moved back to his native Chicago, and, with the goal of increasing tolerance and understanding during a time of intense discrimination, produced landmark photographs recording the lives of black urban working class Americans in the suburb of Bronzeville. He is also known for his influential contributions to Edward Steichen’s 1955 ‘Family of Man’ exhibition for New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Miller’s most famous photograph from this exhibition is of the birth of his son (above), having just been pulled from the womb by his physician father, from the vantage point of his wife. Miller went on to produce work for a variety of magazines, completing over 150 assignments for Life alone. The goal of his career was, in his words, to ‘photograph mankind and explain man to man’. His excellent collection titled Wayne F. Miller: Photographs 1942-1958 can be purchased here.