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Nov. 19, 1946: Early morning view of scores of jackrabbits standing watch at what is now Los Angeles International Airport. This image would later be titled "L.A. Hareport."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Former Los Angeles Times staff photographer Art Rogers in a fox hole in Leyte, Philippines, during World War ll. Rogers was a U.S. Navy photographer's mate 1st class during the war.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times History Center

At 17 years old, Rogers' photo of a man holding his collection of 3,000 cigar bands is published in The Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wide World photo

Jerry West walks off the floor at the Forum after the Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals for the sixth time in eight years. West scored 42 points in the 108-106 loss.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Mar. 8, 1964: As Manuel Perez takes a swing with old-fashion sledge, the new “woodpecker” slams down to break concrete on the old Maple Ave. trestle railroad ramp behind the Pacific Electric building at 6th and Main Sts.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

An excited young hunting dog breaks training by going airborne after flushing out a pheasant. This photo won major awards in 1959 from the Associated Press and Look magazine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Anglees Times

Atlanta Hawks coach Ritchie Guerin is in a tizzy in January 1970 as referee Ed Rush calls a technical foul on him during the second half of game against the Lakers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Wilt Chamberlain appears to cover half the court as he stretches to save the ball from going out of bounds at the Forum in April 1972.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Umpire Shag Crawford gets down and dirty to call the Dodgers' Jim Gilliam safe at home in September 1960. The Giants' Orlando Cepeda leaps to avoid a collision after the throw from outfield bounced over the catcher's head.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 26, 1950: Hollywood Stars’ infielder Jim Baxes gets plunked in the back by a pitch from the San Francisco Seals’ Chet Johnson during eighth-inning action at Gilmore Stadium in August 1950.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Lod Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Jan. 31, 1977: A horse and rider watch as the space shuttle Enterprise is towed from a Rockwell International facility in Palmdale to Edwards Air Force Base for a year of flight tests. Townspeople lined the route for a glimpse of the 110-ton shuttle. A 90-wheel transport was used and accompanied by a 20-vehicle convoy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

The front section of a Scandinavian Airlines System jetliner floats in Santa Monica Bay a day after a crash in January 1969. Fifteen passengers and crew were killed and 30 survived.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

In a rare defensive play, the Los Angeles Chargers' Charlie McNeil separates Leon Burton of the New York Titans from the ball during a pass attempt in December 1960.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Aerial photo of the cruise ship La Janelle after it was driven against a jetty outside Port Hueneme during a storm in April 1970.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

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Longtime award-winning Los Angeles Times photographer Art Rogers died Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 93. In his more than 40 years at The Times, Rogers  made many of the Times’ famous iconic images. He started at The Times in 1940, then after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War ll, returned to The Times and retired in 1983.

This photo gallery is just a small sample of the 20,000 images Rogers estimated he made at The Times.

By far, Rogers’ 1946 Hareport image is his most famous. As reported in this previous From the Archive post, the mayor of Los Angeles completely rejected the idea of jack rabbits at the Los Angeles Municipal Airport – even after the photo was published in LIFE magazine.

For more on Rogers, please read the obituary by Dennis McLellan.


  1. December 28, 2011, 12:07 am

    The Last of the Rogers Boys. My Dad was the oldest of 5…4 of them boys and the last two were Twins. My uncle Art was the last one left and a twin. He and I were very close, and talked by e mail almost daily. I'll catch up when I get called….I hope.

    "Thank you for being a big part of my life Uncle Art! You are now back home with your Brothers and Sister, your Mom and Dad. Gary Rogers, Nephew

  2. January 6, 2012, 1:35 pm

    Gary – I knew your Uncle Art very well, and was sad to hear of his passing. As you probably know, he worked with my Dad (Ben Olender) for many years at the Times. As a kid growing up in the 60s and 70s, I spent many a day fishing in Big Bear Lake with those two old crusty photographers. Sitting out there all day on the boat, listening to their stories was just priceless. I'm just thankful I was able to know such a great man as your Uncle Art.

    By: Dan Olender
  3. January 15, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Dan, thank you for the kind words. Yes…he mentioned your Dad (Ben) often. We were a close family and he an my Dad were inseparable at times. Both avid hunters. I have the old Rogers homestead near Windsor Hills with many of Art's original photos on the walls…including the LA "Hairport" If you're ever in the Area call 323 AXminster 16872 323 2916872 and maybe we can shoot the breeze. Gary

  4. January 23, 2012, 9:58 am

    Hello Rogers family…

    Sorry for your loss. As a photographer who began as a photojournalist, I've found inspiration in Art's work. I now host a weekly podcast and paid a small tribute to Art last week:

    Michael E. Stern

    By: Michael E. Stern
  5. October 15, 2012, 12:11 am

    Thanks Michael. Just now getting back to this as I see you posted some time back. Enjoyed the pics. Take good care. Gary

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  7. October 15, 2012, 12:16 am

    We called her Ruth…and we loved her. I was good friends with my cousins…her two boys. Uncle Art has a grandson I've never met..but will one day. I live in Thailand most of the time now where the second brother lived the last part of his life Raymond Rogers…Arts older brother.

    Thank you for posting here. GaryRogers

  8. August 13, 2015, 9:02 pm

    For some reason I've had my Uncle on my mind for two days….He passed away on our father's birthday..Daddy and Uncle Art had so much fun hunting on the ranch in Stratford…It's a shame that
    the entire family is gone now…I miss everyone so much…Granny, Aunt Nomi..Uncle Art, Jerry , Al ,,Daddy, and Momma…I have so many pictures of old days that I turned into a collage and have posted on my walls.
    They may be gone but won't ever be forgotten….Missing you all so much.


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