Timeline

1916
Born in Philadelphia, PA.
1937
Bought his first camera.

Won a weekly photography contest in the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, which convinced him to pursue photography as a career.
1937–1940
Attended Philadelphia’s School of Commercial Art and Lettering.
1948
Embarked on a career as a fashion photographer, after publishing his first fashion photo in an issue of Junior Bazaar.
1959
First solo show was held at Helen Gee’s Limelight Gallery in New York City.
1960
Worked as a movie stills photographer in Hollywood.
1969–1974
Lived and worked abroad, mostly in Paris.
1975
Returned to the United States permanently.
1978
Awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant.
1979
Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship.
1981
Awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant.
1982
Awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant.
1984
Stopped photographing completely after being struck by a car while running to catch a city bus and seriously injured.
2001
Died in Manhattan on March 2.

Exhibitions

2010
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
2009
Track Artwork Factory, Paris France (solo)

Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, NY

Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, NY

Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

Yancey Richardson Gallery, Koln, Germany

Wien Museum, Wien, Austria

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
2008
Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, NY (solo) Camera Work, Berlin, Germany
2005
Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris, France (solo)
2004
Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2003
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (solo)

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
2002
Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, Germany (solo)

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA (solo)
1959
Limelight Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1955
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1948
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Public Collections

FAIF Collection, Zurich, Switzerland