N.R. Farbman (1907-1988) began working as a freelance photographer while studying electrical engineering at the University of Santa Clara. During his 15 years as a LIFE staffer, “Nat” was considered one of its most versatile practitioners, covering stories in the US and extensively abroad. His work on tribes in Botswana was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s Family of Man exhibit. After he married the former fashion model and photographer Pat English in 1940, they became a husband-and-wife photographic team for the magazine.
—Adapted from The Great LIFE Photographers