A former Los Angeles policeman, Paul Dorsey (1902-) joined LIFE in 1936 as the first photographer signed after the original four—Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Thomas McAvoy, and Peter Stackpole—had been hired. Dorsey initially made his mark at LIFE with his work in China and Japan. As a Marine Corps photographer attached to Edward Steichen’s unit during World War II, Dorsey later returned to Asia for combat operations in Saipan and Guam.

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LIFE magazine cover published August 16, 1943, featuring Japanese soldiers. (Photo by Paul Dorsey/The LIFE Images Collection)

LIFE magazine cover published August 16, 1943, featuring Japanese soldiers. (Photo by Paul Dorsey/The LIFE Images Collection)

Writer and director Preston Sturges, in white tee shirt, showing cut on arm. (Photo by Paul Dorsey/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Writer and director Preston Sturges, in white tee shirt, showing cut on arm. (Photo by Paul Dorsey/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Screenwriter Jack Cunningham snapping suspenders as he works on Harold Lloyd's new film. (Photo by Paul Dorsey/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Screenwriter Jack Cunningham snapping suspenders as he works on Harold Lloyd’s new film. (Photo by Paul Dorsey/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

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