John Godfrey Morris grew up in Chicago and was educated at the University of Chicago.
He worked for Life magazine, based in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, London, Paris and Chicago during World War II. As Life's London Picture Editor, he was responsible for the coverage of D-Day by Robert Capa and five other Life photographers.
After the war he successively became Picture Editor of Ladies' Home Journal, Executive Editor of Magnum Photos, Assistant Managing Editor for Graphics of The Washington Post, Picture Editor of The New York Times and Paris correspondent for National Geographic.
He continues to live in Paris and hopes to complete the picture history "My Century" in time for his centennial on December 7th, 2016.