LIFE at the Beach

Coastal Living and LIFE.com honor the iconic photographs from LIFE magazine that capture our longtime love affair with the sea.

LIFE magazine image by John Florea
Photographer John Florea/LIFE magazine

Hermosa Beach, 1948

Photographer John Florea

Born in Ohio and longtime resident of Los Angeles, John Florea spent much of his career photographing Hollywood stars, including Gary Cooper, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, and Doris Day. He was a staff photographer for LIFE and covered World War II for the magazine. (He was on board the USS battleship Missouri during the Japanese surrender.)

After LIFE, he adapted his talents to moving pictures, directing more than 200 episodes of TV series such as Bonanza, The Dukes of Hazzard, and MacGyver. But his stint at LIFE produced his fondest memories: “What I did for LIFE magazine is what I’ll be remembered for.” ―Sara Peterson

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