Scott Nichols Gallery is pleased to present Ralph Steiner, A Point of View, a Collection of Contact Prints. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, January 5th through Saturday, February 25th.
Ralph Steiner was a modernist photographer and filmmaker known for his clear, sharply focused images of everyday America. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in chemical engineering he studied at the Clarence H. White School of Photography in New York (1921-22). In 1927 he met Paul Strand and became a founding member of the New York Film and Photo League.
A successful career in magazine and advertising photography supported his passion for art photography and avant-garde film. In 1929 he produced his first film, often praised as the second earliest American art film (after Manhatta by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler). Steiner’s artistry in documentary filmmaking led to his collaboration with Paul Strand as cameraman on Pare Lorentz’ documentary film, The Plow that Broke the Plains, and in 1938 with Willard Van Dyke, on The City, a critically acclaimed film about New York.
In the early 1940s Steiner moved to Hollywood where he was a writer and executive for MGM and RKO. Upon his return to New York, he resumed his career as a commercial photographer for Fortune. Steiner moved to rural Vermont in 1963, spending his remaining years photographing the coast of Maine.