Photographer Anthony Linck outside the Time Life building. (Photo by William C. Shrout/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Photographer Anthony Linck outside the Time Life building. (Photo by William C. Shrout/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

In order to get a unique perspective on his subjects, Anthony Linck (1919-2004) would do anything, including piloting small planes to get a distinctive shot. One night in 1972, Linck circled his craft for four hours around Kennedy Space Center, calculating he wouldn’t run out of gas before the delayed Apollo 17 finally lifted off. It all worked out though, and through his plane’s customized window he captured an image of the last men to go to the moon. Shortly after World War II, he also flew in the face of danger when he documented young war victims in Warsaw, children who had been maimed by landmines. After he gave a one-legged kid on a homemade crutch some candy as thanks for letting him take his picture, Soviet police arrested Linck. They tried to make him confess to being a spy, but an American official rescued him.

Adapted from The Great LIFE Photographers

Running of the bulls for fiesta of San Ferman. (Photo by Anthony Linck/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Running of the bulls for fiesta of San Ferman. (Photo by Anthony Linck/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Woman hanging wash in a Dublin slum. (Photo by Anthony Linck/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Woman hanging wash in a Dublin slum. (Photo by Anthony Linck/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

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