Earlier this week, Barbara Baker Burrows, the former director of photography of LIFE magazine, passed away on Martha’s Vineyard after a long illness. She was 73. “Bobbi,” a veteran of LIFE since the 1960s, was a rare breed: the den mother of the great LIFE photographers (from the magazine’s weekly and monthly incarnations), a curator, a book editor, a photo historian, and the daughter-in-law of the legendary war photographer Larry Burrows, who died in Laos in 1971 covering the conflict in Southeast Asia for LIFE. Burrows’s closest friends were often the photojournalists she championed, many of whom were the chroniclers...
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