John Bryson (1923-2005) was born in Brownwood, Texas. He attended the University of Texas, where he was the editor of the Texas Ranger. He became the bureau chief and picture editor for Life magazine before embarking on a freelance career. Bryson photographed many film, music, literary, and political figures, including Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra, Richard Nixon, and Clint Eastwood. Bryson’s photos appeared on five Saturday Evening Post covers, and featured the Shah of Iran and his family and actress Carol Lynley.