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John Bryan Bryson
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Birth: Oct. 12, 1923
Brown County
Texas, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 2005
Curry County
Oregon, USA

Photojournalist and occasional actor, best known for earning the trust and affection of celebrities who allowed him to photograph them as they went about their daily lives. Bryson's work appeared in Life and other magazines and included well-known pictures of novelist Ernest Hemingway kicking a beer can in the snow and surrealist painter Salvador Dali wearing a crown made of sausages. Bryson also photographed Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood, Jason Robards Jr., Frank Sinatra, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Nikita Khrushchev. He died in Brookings, Oregon on August 10, 2005.


John Bryson, a photojournalist known for his ability to capture images of celebrities and world leaders at their homes or at work, died on Wednesday at a retirement residence in Brookings, Ore. He was 81 and formerly had homes in Manhattan; East Hampton, N.Y.; and Malibu, Calif.

The cause was complications of a heart ailment, his family said.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Bryson took pictures of historic events and the people who made them happen, from President John F. Kennedy and the Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev to Armand Hammer, the multinational industrialist.

He established his reputation working for Life magazine as a correspondent, bureau chief and picture editor. In 1955 he became a freelance photojournalist whose work appeared in Life and other national publications. His pictures, including portraits, were shown in exhibitions and won awards from photography associations, including the American Society of Magazine Photographers.

Born in Brownwood, Tex., John Bryan Bryson bought his first camera at 8. He served in the Army Air Forces in World War II and studied at the University of Texas, where he edited the student magazine. An article about cheating at the university's business school led to an invitation to New York, a job as a researcher at Time Inc. in 1947, and eventually to Life.

Mr. Bryson began a lasting professional relationship with Katharine Hepburn in 1974 when he photographed her and John Wayne on location in Oregon for the film "Rooster Cogburn." From then on, Hepburn usually called Mr. Bryson when a magazine wanted pictures of her.

On a freelance assignment to photograph Ernest and Mary Hemingway in Ketchum, Idaho, he took a celebrated picture of Ernest Hemingway kicking a can along a rural road.

Among his books were "The Private World of Katharine Hepburn" (1990) and "The World of Armand Hammer," (1985), which grew out of travel on Hammer's personal jet.

Mr. Bryson is survived by two sons, John B. Bryson Jr. of Phoenix, and Arthur Scott Bryson of Brookings; a daughter, Mary Bryson Baechler of Yakima, Wash.; and eight grandchildren.
Family links: 
  Judith Carroll Scott Moran (1927 - 2005)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: His son Scott Bryson has his ashes.
Created by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Record added: Jan 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63890266
John Bryan Bryson
Added by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
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- Mary & Kent
 Added: Feb. 7, 2013
In your honor John.
- Douglas Kirk Sorensen
 Added: Jan. 8, 2011

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