Howard Sochurek was an important photographer for Life magazine. After he fought for the U.S. Army during the Second World War, Sochurek joined Life in 1950 and worked as a photojournalist, traveling in the Soviet Union, the Middle East, Mongolia, and Vietnam. For two decades he worked internationally at Life’s headquarters in New York, Chicago, Detroit, New Delhi, Singapore, and Paris. His black and white photographs captured protests, conflicts, and everyday citizens at peace. Within the United States itself, Sochurek photographed such public figures like Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and Lawrence Olivier.
After a successful career at Life, Sochurek began more experimental photographic work. He was one of the first photographers to use a computer to manipulate and add color to images. He worked to enhance X-rays and CAT-scans to assist physicians and medical companies. Sochurek was an early pioneer in the field of digital imaging.