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PHOTOS A Collection of Vintage Photographs from The Photo League

It has been seventeen years since we published our seminal book on the Photo League: This was the Photo League. It was well received and helped generate interest in this important institution which continues to this day. We decided to do this new catalog when we realized that two of our favorite Photo League member-photographers are celebrating significant milestones; Marvin E. Newman just turned 90 in December and Morris Engel would have been 100 this April 9th. Both of these artists have made significant contributions to the medium and remain influential to current generations of documentary photographers and art lovers. This catalog represents a cross-section of our current Photo League inventory. We feel that these works are important examples of what the Photo League was about. We hope you enjoy and discover an artist or an image that you’ve not seen before! Stephen Daiter Gallery March 2018


PHOTOS A Collection of Vintage Photographs from The Photo League


ABBOTT Berenice Abbott was born in 1898 in Springfield, Ohio. She attended Ohio State University for one semester (1917-18) and briefly studied journalism at Columbia University (1918). She became an assistant to Man Ray in Paris (1923-25) and encountered the work of Eugene Atget in 1925. After Atget’s death in 1927, she rescued his archives and promoted his work. Concurrently, she opened a portrait studio (1926-29). Upon returning to New York in 1929 she began a project on the destruction of old New York, which complemented Atget’s documenting of Old Paris. This continued under the auspices of the Federal Arts Project (1935-39). Abbott taught for 25 years at the New School for Social Research beginning in 1934, became active in the Photo League in 1938, and was on its advisory board until at least 1943. She remained a strong supporter of the League and continued to photograph in the 1950s and 1960s, mostly related to science. Abbott later retired to Maine where she passed away in 1992.

Berenice Abbott Talman Street, between Jay and Bridge Streets, Brooklyn, NY, 1936

Gelatin silver photograph. 1930s print. Titled and dated in ink by artist with artist stamp “50 Commerce St. NYC” on print verso. 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches $6,000

Berenice Abbott El Station 6th & 9th Avenue Lines Downtown Side: 72nd Street & Columbus Avenue, Manhattan, 1936

Gelatin silver photograph. 1930s print. Titled and dated in pencil by artist with “photograph Berenice Abbott 50 Commerce St. New York City” and “Federal Art Project Changing New York” stamps on print verso. 7 ¾ x 9 ¾ inches $12,500

Morris Engel New Shoes, “Back of the Yards,” Chicago, 1949

Gelatin silver photograph. 1940s - 50s print. “Morris Engel - Scope” and “March” stamps on verso. 10 ¼ x 13 ¼ inches $3,500


ENGEL Morris Engel was born in 1918 in Brooklyn to immigrant parents from Lithuania. An early interest in photography led him in 1935, to enroll in a class at the New York Photo League. He worked closely with Aaron Siskind on the “Harlem Document” project from 1936-40 and later assisted Paul Strand in filming Native Land. Like many Photo League members, Engel documented life in New York City, producing and exhibiting photo essays on a variety of subjects, including Coney Island, the Lower East Side, and Harlem. In 1939, he had his first exhibition at the New School for Social Research. In 1940, he joined the staff of the newspaper PM, but he left one year later to sign on with the U.S. Navy, becoming Chief Photographer’s Mate, Combat Photo Unit #8. After the war, Engel became a top freelancer in the golden age of magazine photography the late 1940s and early 1950s. He was also deeply interested in film and in 1953, made The Little Fugitive, an independent feature which was nominated for an Oscar. The film - made with Engel’s wife Ruth Orkin (they married that same year) - was highly regarded by Francois Truffaut, who cited the film as a catalyst for French New Wave cinema. Engel spent the next quarter century making independent feature films and directing commercials - picking up the still camera again in the late 1970s. Engel’s photographs have been widely exhibited and are in numerous collections including the International Center of Photography (New York,), the Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.). His films continue to be screened at venues such as the Whitney Museum of Art (New York), the Brooklyn Museum, and the American Museum of the Moving Image (New York). A lifelong New Yorker, Morris Engel died in 2005 from cancer.

Harlem Merchant, NYC, 1937

Gelatin silver photograph. 1950s-1960s print. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil by artist on print verso. 15 ½ x 19 ½ inches $7,000

Rebecca, Harlem, 1947

Gelatin silver photograph. 1940s-1950s print. Provenance: Engel to friend in NYC in 1980s 10 ½ x 13 ½ inches $4,500




GROSSMAN Sid Grossman was born in 1914 in New York. He learned photography in high school at P.S. 158 and continued his studies at City College of New York (1932-35). He joined the Film and Photo League in 1934 and co-founded, with Sol Libsohn, the Photo League in 1936. Grossman provided a sense of direction to the League and was integrally involved in almost all the workings of the organization. He served in the Armed Forces in Central America (1943-46). Grossman exhibited his work in various venues including The Photo League (1939, 1948), the Museum of Modern Art (1940, 1948) and American Artists’ Congress, NY (1940). In 1949, Grossman left the League and opened his own photography school in Provincetown, Massachusetts, which he continued to operate during the summers until his death in 1955. Journey to the Cape was published posthumously in 1959. Keith Davis recently published a book on Grossman’s life and photography called The Life &Work of Sid Grossman (Steidl, 2016).

Sid Grossman Harlem (Shoeshine Boys), 1939

Gelatin silver photograph on mount. c. 1939 print. Inscribed “Photo by Sid Grossman” in ink by artist. Titled and dated in pencil in unknown hand with artist stamp on mount verso. 10 ½ x 13 ½ inches $10,000

Aquadulce Cantina, Panama, c. 1945

Gelatin silver photograph on mount. 1940s print. Provenance: Sid Grossman to Louis Stettner 7 ž x 9 ž inches $12,000

Coney Island, New York, 1947-48

Gelatin silver photograph on mount. 1940s print. MFA Houston acquisition label affixed to mat verso. Annotated “Major negatives 20.5a A” in unknown hand on mat recto. 7 ¾ x 8 ¼ inches $20,000

Lewis Hine Russian Steelworkers, Homestead, PA, 1909

Gelatin silver photograph. c. 1920s-30s print. Signed, titled and dated in pencil likely by artist with credit label “Lewis W. Hine Memorial Collection, Photo League” attached to print verso. 4 ¾ x 6 ½ inches $12,500

Lewis Hine Untitled, 1910-20

Gelatin silver photograph. Lifetime 1920s-30s print. Annotated “177” with “Lewis W. Hine Interpretive Photography, Hasings-On-Hudson, New York” stamp on verso. 4 ¾ x 6 ¾ inches $7,000



Lewis Hine was born in 1874 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He studied sociology and pedagogy at The University of Chicago, with additional education at New York University and sociology at Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Hine was an educator but was self-taught as a photographer. He was employed as a freelance photographer and exhibitions director at The National Child Labor Committee(1906-18, 1921-22), illustrated numerous books including the six volume Pittsburg Survey and Men at Work and was a frequent contributor to Survey magazine. Hine became active in the Photo League during the last couple of years of his life and was revered by its membership for his work and his commitment to photography in service of social issues. He died in 1940 and his Estate was donated to the Photo League by his son.


LEPKOFF Born in 1916, Rebecca Lepkoff was interested in, and studied, dance at the College of the City of New York (B.A., 1938) with Martha Graham. She bought her first camera with money she made dancing at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Lepkoff began photographing shortly thereafter and befriended Arnold Eagle who encouraged her to join the Photo League. She joined the League in 1945 where she studied with Paul Strand and Sid Grossman, and participated in the historic This is the Photo League exhibit. Lepkoff made a remarkable photographic record of New York’s Jewish immigrants to the Lower East Side during the 1940s and 1950s. These photographs detail the changing social landscape of this notable neighborhood and it was published in her book Life on the Lower East Side. Lepkoff died in 2014 at the age of 98.

Rebecca Lepkoff Under the L, 1947

Gelatin silver photograph on mount. c. 1947 print. Signed, titled and dated in pencil by artist on mount verso. 7 ½ x 8 Ÿ inches $7,000

Oak St & 3rd Avenue L, Corner House, NYC (Daisy Kenyon), 1947 Gelatin silver photograph on mount. 1940s print. Signed, titled, dated, and annotated “vintage print” in pencil by artist on mount recto. 7 ½ x 9 ¼ inches $6,000

Madison St., NYC, (Corner Delicatessen), 1947

Gelatin silver photograph. 1940s print. Signed, titled, dated, and annotated “vintage print” in pencil by artist on mount verso. 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches $6,000

Leon Levenstein Untitled, c. 1950s

Gelatin silver photograph. c. 1950s print. Signed and annotated “mu 6-4510� by artist on print verso. 11 x 14 inches $7,500


LEVENSTEIN Leon Levenstein was born September 20, 1910 in Buckhannon, West Virginia. He attended high school at Baltimore City College (1923–27) and college at Maryland Institute of Arts, Baltimore (1927–28). Levenstein remained in Baltimore until he enlisted in the army in 1942, serving mostly in Panama. Shortly after his discharge from the army, with the rank of a sergeant in October 1945, he moved to New York City to work as an art director in his cousin’s advertising agency. In 1947–48 he studied with John Ebstel and Sid Grossman at the Photo League, and then in 1948–51 with Stuart Davis and Alexey Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research. Leon studied with Grossman for another three years and had a solo exhibition at Helen Gee’s Limelight Gallery in 1956. During the 1950s he published regularly in major photography magazines such as Popular Photography and U.S. Camera. He was included in seven MoMA exhibitions. Levenstein received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975 and had a major posthumous show and catalog at the National Gallery of Canada in 1995. He died in New York City in 1988.

5th Street and Broadway, c. 1958

Gelatin silver photograph on mount 1950s-60s print. Two artist stamps on mount verso. 11 x 13 ž inches $10,000

Coney Island, (mother and child), 1950

Gelatin silver photograph. 1950s print. Artist stamp on print verso. 11 x 14 inches $7,000


MANNING Jack Manning was born Jack Mendelsohn in 1920 in New York. He attended Stuyvesant High School with Harold Corsini. Corsini convinced Manning to go with him to the League and both were recruited by Aaron Siskind to work on the Feature Group’s Harlem Document project. During World War II Manning served as a war correspondent in South and Central America. From 1941-51 he was a freelance photographer for Black Star, The New York Times, Life, Colliers, and the Saurday Evening Post among others. In 1952 Manning settled in Barcelona and freelanced for European magazines. In 1964 he returned to New York and became a staff photographer at The New York Times for over 30 years. Manning died in 2001 in New York.

Jack Manning Top Hat Portrait, Elk’s Parade, Harlem Document, 1938

Gelatin silver photograph. 1940s-50s print. Signed, titled, and dated by artist on print recto. 11 x 11 ¼ inches $5,000

Jack Manning Safety Shoes, 1935

Gelatin silver photograph. 1930s print. Signed, titled, and dated by artist on mount verso. 7 ½ x 9 ¾ inches $5,000

Lisette Model Block Party, East Side, New York, (They Honor their Sons), 1940-42

Gelatin silver photograph. 1940s print. Credited, titled, dated and other notations in pencil, Museum of Modern Art Study Collection stamp on flush mount verso. Provenance: photographer to MoMA 10 ½ x 13 ½ inches $28,000


MODEL Lisette Model was born in Vienna in 1906. She studied music with Arnold Schoenberg and moved to Paris in the 1920s to continue her studies. Around 1933 she redirected her interests to painting and then photography. Model left Europe for New York in 1938 and found work as a photographer for PM newspaper (1940-41) and had a one person exhibition at the Photo League in 1941. Between 1945 and 1960 she was included in nine Museum of Modern Art exhibitions. She was also successful as a freelance photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, Look, Ladies’ Home Journal and others (1941-53) while remaining active in the Photo League. During this time she met Alexey Brodovitch, Beaumont Newhall, Helen Gee and many other photography figures. Later, she taught photography at the New School for Social Research (1951-54, 1958-83). Model is best-known for a series of photographs made with a 35-millimeter camera, of people on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and on the streets of New York’s Lower East Side. She died in 1983.

Twelve Photographs, 1976

Portfolio of 12 photographs signed on verso in pencil by artist, with colophon in black cloth clamshell box. Number 32 of an edition of 75 with 15 APs. Published by Lunn Gallery/Graphics International Ltd. 16 x 20 inches $30,000

Plates (Left to right): Window Reflections, Fifth Avenue, New York City: Little Man, Lower East Side, New York City; Woman with Veil, San Francisco; Woman with Shawl, New York City; Woman in Flowered Dress, Promenade des Anglais, Riviera; French Gambler, Promenade des Anglais, Riviera; Famous Gambler, Monte Carlo; Fashion Show, Hotel Pierre, New York City; Newspaper Salesman, Paris; Woman at Coney Island, New York; Blind Man, Paris; Singer at the Cafe Metropole, New York City



NEWMAN Marvin E. Newman (1927- ) began studying photography at the age of sixteen at Brooklyn College with Walter Rosenblum and Berenice Abbott. Newman briefly became a member of the Photo League of New York, where he took classes with league member John Ebstel. In 1949 Newman went to Chicago to study with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design, becoming one of the first students to earn a Master’s Degree in Photography in 1952. Newman often photographed in the streets of Chicago with fellow student Yasuhiro Ishimoto, with whom he made the experimental film The Church on Maxwell Street, which documented the sights and sounds of a sidewalk revivalist church in Chicago’s fabled marketplace. Newman’s Master’s thesis, A Creative Analysis of the Series Form in Still Photography, explored repeated forms in series: of children’s faces; of people in similar positions and poses; and of inverted human shadows on the sidewalk. Also in 1952 Newman was included in Always the Young Stranger, an important group show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, that introduced a new generation of American photographic talent. In 1956 he had a one-man show at Roy deCarava’s A Photographer’s Gallery. Unlike some of his fellow graduates, Newman did not pursue teaching as a career, but followed the path of photojournalism. In 1953 he became a contributing photographer for Sports Illustrated, and later began shooting for Life, Look, and Esquire. Newman was a natural as a sports photojournalist, and covered the 1960 Rome Olympics as the official photographer for Sports Illustrated. He has documented untold numbers of other important sporting and cultural/news events, including an astonishing capture of the home run hit by Bill Mazeroski to break a tie score in the bottom half of the ninth inning of the seventh game of the 1960 World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees. His work is in numerous important museums and he was national president of the American Society of Media (formerly Magazine) Photographers. Newman currently lives in New Jersey.

Marvin E. Newman Untitled (Children with flour socks), 1953

Gelatin silver photograph. 1950s print. Signed and dated in pencil by artist with artist stamp on print verso. 6 ½ x 9 inches $6,000

Untitled (Chicago), 1951

Gelatin silver photograph. c. 1951 print. Signed and dated in pencil by artist with artist stamp on print verso. 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches $8,000

Untitled (McArthur Day Parade, Chicago), 1951

Gelatin silver photograph. 1950s print. Signed and dated by artist in pencil and stamped with artist stamps “Marvin E. Newman” and “Exhibition Print” on print verso. 3 ¾ x 4 ½ inches $7,500

Ruth Orkin The Cardplayers, 1947

Group of six gelatin silver photographs. 1955 prints. Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil by artist on each print verso. Each 7 ½ x 9 Ÿ inches $25,000


ORKIN Ruth Orkin was born on September 3, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts. The daughter of a silent movie actress, she grew up in Hollywood, attended Beverley Hills High School (1935) and later Eagle Rock High School (1936-38). She briefly studied photojournalism at Los Angeles City College (1939) followed by six months as a MGM messenger. After a brief stint in the Woman’s Auxiliary Army Corps, Orkin moved to New York City in 1943 working first as a nightclub photographer, and then over the next few years came assignments from the New York Times, Look, Life, Ladies Home Journal and others. In New York, Orkin became very active in the Photo League but only became a member, on political principle, after the organization was named as a subversive organization in 1947. Orkin married fellow Photo League member Morris Engel in 1952 and collaborated on two major independent feature films, Little Fugitive (1953) and Lovers and Lollipops (1955). After the success of the two films, Orkin returned to photography and two books resulted: A World Through My Window (1978) and More Pictures from My Window (1983). Orkin taught photography at the School of Visual Arts, New York in the late 1970s, and briefly at the International Center of Photography in 1980. She died in 1985.

Jinx Allen... American Girl in Italy... Florence, 1951

Gelatin silver photograph on mount. Early 1960s print. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil by artist on mount margin recto. 8 ž x 13 Ÿ inches $25,000



Social documentary photographer Marion Palfi (1907–1978) sought equity, opportunity, and justice for all people, using her camera as a tool for that end. Farm Security Administration projects and the Photo League inspired her initial efforts toward reform, but for Palfi, the desire for social change was a lifelong pursuit. She acquired a small folding camera and began a two-year apprenticeship at a Berlin portrait studio. By 1932, she opened a commercial portraiture and photojournalism studio. Palfi married a journalist and they traveled across Europe, but by the end of 1935 Palfi had opened a studio in Amsterdam alone. In 1940, just before Hitler’s army entered the Low Countries, she married an American serviceman and then emigrated to New York. Palfi gained employment in 1944, developing and retouching governmental war photographs at Pavelle Laboratories, and devoted evenings and weekends to her own photography. A crucial first project, Great American Artists of Minority Groups and Democracy at Work, was sponsored by the Council Against Intolerance in America. Through this assignment, she met Langston Hughes, the American poet, who became an ardent supporter. Between 1945 and 1955 Palfi was included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York’s Photo League, and in a solo exhibition at the New York Public Library. She received four major awards in her lifetime: a Julius Rosenwald Fellowship (1946), a Taconic Foundation grant (1963), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1967), and a National Endowment for the Arts grant (1974). (Center for Creative Photography Website)

Marian Palfi Untitled, 1930s

Gelatin silver photograph and collage on mount. 1930s print. Signed in ink by artist on print recto. 9 x 11 inches $6,000

Marian Palfi The Hollows, Los Angeles, 1946-49

Gelatin silver photograph. 1940s print. Titled in pencil by artist with artist stamp and MoMA stamp on print verso. 7 ž x 9 ½ inches $5,000

Kids that live in Los Angeles, Hollow-Julius Rosenwald Foundation Fellowship, 1946 Gelatin silver photograph. 1940s print. Titled in pencil on print verso with MoMA “In and Out of Focus” label and stamps along with various pencil notations. 7 ¾ x 9 ½ inches $4,500

The Hollows, Los Angeles, 1946-48

Gelatin silver photograph. 1940s print. Titled in pencil by artist with artist stamp on print verso. 7 ž x 9 ½ inches $4,000

Walter Rosenblum Playing Catch, Pitt Street, NY, 1938

Gelatin silver photograph. 1930s-40s print. Signed, titled, and dated in pen by artist on print verso. 7 ½ x 7 ¾ inches $5,000

Walter Rosenblum Boy on Rooftop, Lower East Side, 1950

Gelatin silver photograph on mount. c. 1970s print. Signed, titled, and dated in pen by artist on mount verso. 10 ½ x 13 ¼ inches $5,000


ROSENBLUM Walter Rosenblum was born in 1919 in New York. He attended City College of New York (1937-38) and became involved with the Photo League during this time and served in various roles as a leader of the organization over the next dozen years. In 1939, he worked for Elliot Elisofon in 1939 and studied with Paul Strand and Lewis Hine. Rosenblum was a heavily decorated photographer in the U.S. Army Signal Corp combat unit in Europe (1943-45). He landed in Normandy, D-Day morning and was the first photographer to enter Dachau. After the war, Rosenblum taught photography at Brooklyn College (194683), Yale Summer program (1952-77) and as an instructor at Cooper Union (1956-65). He received a National Endowment for the Arts award (1976), a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1980), and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography (1998). Rosenblum photographs have been shown extensively and are in the collections of many major museums including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the George Eastman House, the Fogg Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada. Rosenblum died in 2006.


WALLOWITCH Born in Philadelphia in 1932, Edward Wallowitch was descended from late nineteenth century Lithuanian immigrants. He began taking photos when he was just eleven. Three photographs were acquired by The Museum of Modern Art in 1949 when he was 17. His work was included in four exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in the 1950s, including The Family of Man. Wallowitch was a close friend of Andy Warhol in the 1950s and 60s in New York. He moved from Philadelphia to Manhattan and became an integral part of the Greenwich Village bohemia, alongside his brother John, and sister Anna Mae. Wallowitch produced a kind of poetic street photography with strong sensibility, showing a tender eye for both composition and texture. He spent a lot of his time photographing children and teenagers. Many of Wallowitch’s pictures served as source material for Andy Warhol’s drawings. He died at the age of 48, cause of death unknown. (condensed from Daniel Blau press release) According to Marvin E. Newman, he and Edward Wallowitch were the only two people to study at both The Institute of Design in Chicago and the Photo League in New York in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Edward Wallowitch Angel Baby, c. 1950

Gelatin silver photograph. 1950s print. Trim mounted to wood box. Signed and dedicated ”to Helen Gee” on verso. 4 x 6 ¼ inches $4,500

Edward Wallowitch Untitled, late 1940s-50s

Gelatin silver photograph on mount. c. 1950 print. Printing annotations in pencil on mount recto and verso with “Edward Wallowitch 8 Barrow New York 14” stamp on mount verso. 7 x 9 inches $3,000

Untitled (Girl at table)

Gelatin silver photograph. c. 1950s print. Artist “8 Barrow St. New York 13” and “39 W. 46th NY” stamps on print verso. 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches $3,000

Untitled (Young Girl in Philadelphia), 1951

Gelatin silver photograph on mount. 1950s print. Life magazine photographic contest sticker on mount verso. 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches $4,000

Weegee Drunk Tank for Women in the Station House, New Orleans (Tank given the nickname “The Country Club”), 1951

Gelatin silver photograph on semi-matte paper. 1950s print. “Weegee” written in unknown hand with Photoworld agency stamp on verso. Illustrated variant published pl. 65 Phillip’s 1/31/2000. 10 ½ x 13 ½ inches $10,000

WEEGEE Born Usher Fellig, in 1899 in Zloczew, Poland his family emigrated to the United States, settling on Manhattan’s Lower East Side when he was 10. Self-taught, Weegee held many photography related jobs before gaining regular employment at a photography studio in lower Manhattan in 1918. Later, in 1924, he became a darkroom technician for Acme Newspictures (later UPI). In 1935 he left Acme to freelance and spent the next decade selling photographs of murders, fires and other disasters to New York newspapers and photo syndicates. “His uncanny ability to appear with his camera at crime scenes as the police arrived—or sometimes even before—led to the moniker ‘Weegee,’ a phonetic spelling of the first word in Ouija board, a device used in occultism to receive messages from the spirit world” (Encyclopedia Brita nnica). Weegee’s association with the Photo League began in 1941 when he lectured on his experiences as a freelance photographer and also had his first gallery exhibition there. In 1943 he taught a six session course on photojournalism at the League and participated in a number of other ways until he left New York for Hollywood in 1947. In 1945 the book Naked City was published followed shortly thereafter by Weegee’s People (1946). From 1947 to 1952 Weegee lived in Hollywood, acting as technical advisor, playing bit parts in a few films, and photographing material that was published in 1953 as Naked Hollywood. Weegee returned to New York in 1952 and continued to be active as a lecturer and writer, completing his autobiography Weegee by Weegee in 1961. He died in 1968.

Easter Sunday in Harlem, c. 1940

Gelatin silver photograph. 1950s print. “Weegee The Famous,” “Weegee, 451 West 47th Street,” and “Arthur (Weegee) Fellig, 6526 Selma Avenue” stamps on print verso. 10 ½ x 13 ½ inches $12,000

Untitled, 1940s

Gelatin silver photograph. 1940s print. “Arthur Fellig 5 Center Market Place” and “Weegee the Famous” credit stamps on verso. Annotated “Focus-July 8th page 14” in pencil on verso. 10 ¾ x 13 ½ inches $5,000


WYMAN Ida Wyman was born in 1926 in Walden, Massachusetts and moved to Brooklyn at five years old. She began her life in photography in junior high becoming a printer for Acme Newspictures after graduation from high school. She first pursued a career as a magazine photographer (1945-51) and joined the Photo League in 1946 with the encouragement of Morris Engel to pursue documentary photography. After raising her children she returned to work in scientific photography for 15 years and finally went back to photojournalism. She continues to work on her photography and currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ida Wyman Pirate Cove, North Clark Street, Chicago, 1946

Gelatin silver photograph. 1940s print. Signed, titled, and dated with annotations on print verso. 7 ¼ x 9 ¼ inches $3,000

Ida Wyman Houston, 1950

Gelatin silver photograph. c. 1950 ferrotyped print. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil by artist with artist stamp on print verso. 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches $3,000

The photographs selected here represent a portion of our Photo League inventory. All images illustrated are vintage, unless otherwise noted, and are available for purchase, subject to prior sale. Photographs copyright individual artists and individual artist’s estates. For more information on individual prints please contact Stephen Daiter Gallery.

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