Archive - Shore Leave, 1945
In 1942, as America mobilized for World War II, 24 year old Wayne Miller joined the US Navy and was assigned to the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit, commanded by Edward Steichen. Over the next three years Miller documented the Pacific War, from the lower decks of aircraft carriers to the skies above beach landings. He was one of the first photographers to visit Hiroshima after its destruction.
Though Miller’s unit was tasked with documenting Naval aviation for the purpose of recruiting new pilots, Steichen told him “I don't care what you do, Wayne, but bring back something that will please the...