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Andreas Feininger (American, 1906–1999)
LOT ID: 66707
Orchard Street, Lower East Side, Jewish Barber Shop, 1941

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
9.5 х 7.5 in. (24.13 x 19.05 cm.)
Signed, titled, dated with credit stamp verso.
Lot description
24,13 x 19,95 cm

A detailed print that articulates Jewish business life of New York in the 1940s.

Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 - 18 February 1999) was an American photographer, and writer on photographic technique, noted for his dynamic black-and-white scenes of Manhattan and studies of the structure of natural objects.

Feininger was born in Paris, France, to an American family of German origin. His father, painter Lyonel Feininger, was born in New York City, in 1871. His great-grandfather emigrated from Durlach, Baden, in Germany, to the United States in 1848.

Feininger grew up and was educated as an architect in Germany, where his father painted and taught at Staatliches Bauhaus. In 1936, he gave up architecture itself, moved to Sweden, and focused on photography. In advance of World War II, in 1939, Feininger immigrated to the U.S. where he established himself as a freelance photographer and in 1943 joined the staff of Life magazine, an association that lasted until 1962.

Feininger became famous for his photographs of New York. Science and nature, as seen in bones, shells, plants and minerals, were other frequent subjects, but rarely did he photograph people or make portraits. Feininger wrote comprehensive manuals about photography, of which the best known is The Complete Photographer. In the introduction to one of Feininger's books of photographs, Ralph Hattersley described him as "one of the great architects who helped create photography as we know it today." In 1966, the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) awarded Feininger its highest distinction, the Robert Leavitt Award. In 1991, the International Center of Photography awarded Feininger the Infinity Lifetime Achievement Award.

Today, Feininger's photographs are in the permanent collections of the Center for Creative Photography, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, London's Victoria and Albert Museum, and the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.[wiki]

Feininger, Andreas, 1906-1999. Structures of nature : photographs / by Andreas Feininger. Richmond, Va. : University of Richmond Museums, c2002.

Feininger, Andreas, 1906-1999. Trees / by Andreas Feininger. New York : Rizzoli, 1991.

Feininger, Andreas, 1906-1999. Andreas Feininger, photographer / photographs and text by Andreas Feininger ; foreword by James L. Enyeart. New York : Abrams, 1986.

Feininger, Andreas, 1906-1999. Andreas Feininger : early work. Tucson, Ariz. (843 E. University Blvd., Tucson 85719) : Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, c1983.

Feininger, Andreas, 1906-1999. Total photography / Andreas Feininger. New York, N.Y. : Amphoto Books, 1982.

Feininger, Andreas, 1906-1999. Industrial America, 1940-1960 : 173 photographs / by Andreas Feininger. New York : Dover Publications, 1981.

Feininger, Andreas, 1906-1999. Feininger’s Chicago, 1941 / Andreas Feininger. New York : Dover Publications, 1980.
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