J. R. Eyerman  

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J.R. Eyerman (9 October 1906 - 7 December 1985) was a photographer and photojournalist. He was on staff for Life Magazine from 1942 to 1961. His work has also appeared in Time, National Geographic, and other publications.

He is best-known for a series of photos of an audience in 3-D glasses watching the premiere of 'Bwana Devil'.


Born in Butte, Montana, Eyerman's parents were photographers. After opening his own structural engineering firm in Seattle, he developed new tools to photograph in difficult situations. He developed a type of electric eye to photograph the 1952 Yucca Flat, Nevada, atomic bomb test. Underwater photograph work with Otis Barton involved making a camera enclosure suitable for photographing the depths. Eyerman also utilized a concave mirror to photograph the aurora borealis. He covered World War II for Life on the European and Pacific fronts.

Among his most famous photographs is that of movie audience members wearing 3-D glasses while watching Bwana Devil.

Eyerman died of kidney failure and heart failure at his home in Santa Monica, California.

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