Nurses at Roosevelt Hospital,
New York City, 1937.
"In 1937, the executive editor
of LIFE was Daniel Longwell, who gave me the assignment at Roosevelt Hospital.
I am often asked if editors tell photographers exactly what to shoot. At
LIFE the photographer was an individualist, and he could photograph anything
he wanted to. Nobody told him anything. But Longwell had one wish about
the hospital story. 'Alfred,' he said, 'you can do anything, but I don't
want to see any blood.' How different from LIFE today."