“It was very, very cold,” John Loengarde recalled of the shoot to The Guardian in 2005, “and they were turning blue, so after a minute or two we let them get out.”
The New York resident has was celebrated for his work with a number of other public figures.
During his time with LIFE, he would capture images of US President John F. Kennedy, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, and Queen Elizabeth II amongst many other era-defining personalities.
A classicist, Loengard would only shoot in black and white.
After parting ways with LIFE in 1972, Loengard would pass on his knowledge of the trade, authoring several books dealing with the art of photography.
“Mostly what intrigues me,” the photographer share of work before his death, “is to find something interesting in a subject that doesn’t interest me but interests somebody else. I like to surprise myself. As a LIFE photographer, you [had] carte blanche to do whatever you want. It intrigues me to find what nobody expected to be found in a story.”
He died in his Mahannten home on May 21 from heart-related complications.
The news follows the death of early Beatles photographer Astrid Kitchener, who passed away May 13.