©1998 Joe McNally
Russ Bertram
In 1994, after having produced freelance assignments for Life for more than a decade, Joe McNally was offered what most photographers would consider one of journalism's most plum jobs: He was offered the first staff photographer's position in more than 23 years. And though reluctant to give up a successful freelancing career, he decided to make the leap:

"I had a sense of Life magazine having grown up on it and the idea of being a staff photographer at the magazine was an enormous pull," he says. And though he left again in 1998 to resume freelancing, it was an extraordinary opportunity to create some of the best images of his career.