John Dominis was a mainstay of Life’s legendary photography for more than 20 years. Among the magazine’s most versatile photojournalists, he covered everything: wars (Korea and Vietnam), celebrities (his pictures of Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen became books), sports, predators in the wild, and the jungles of Washington politics. Among his most memorable pictures is the iconic image of U.S. athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos doing the black power salute during the medal ceremony at the 1968 Mexican Olympics. Without putting down his camera, Dominis became the founding picture editor of People Magazine and later became picture editor of Sports Illustrated from 1978 to 1982. In February 2017, the Dolph Briscoe Center in Austin Texas acquired his archive—40 linear feet containing slides, prints, negatives, contact sheets, magazine articles, and other ephemera documenting his life and career. The archive came to the center with the help of PCPP working with the family. The archive had being organized by Dominis's longtime friend and colleague, photo editor M. C. Marden.
- John Dominis, a Star Photographer for Life Magazine, Dies at 92 (New York Times)
- John Dominis, Longtime LIFE Photographer, Dies at 92 (Time.com)