ORINDA (CBS SF/AP) – Photographer Wayne F. Miller, who produced some of the most indelible combat images of World War II and created a ground-breaking series of portraits chronicling the lives of black Americans in Chicago, has died at age 94.

His granddaughter Inga Miller says Miller died at his home in Orinda, Calif., on Wednesday following a brief illness.

Miller served with an elite Navy unit in the Pacific and took some of the first pictures of Hiroshima, Japan, after it was devastated by the first atomic bomb.

He returned home to his native Chicago and spent two years on the city’s South Side capturing the experiences of black residents. The originals from his series called “The Way of the Northern Negro” are now held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Smithsonian Institution.

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