Walter Rosenblum
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(New York City, 1919-2006) Photographer for more than fifty years, he was also an important figure in the advancement of twentieth century photography. At the age of eighteen he joined the Photo League where he met Lewis Hine and other significant photographers including Berenice Abbott and Paul Strand, with whom he studied. He later became chair of the exhibition committee, the editor of the organization’s journal, Photo Notes, and president of the League. He was the first Allied photographer to enter the liberated Dachau concentration camp. He received several military decorations including a Purple Heart. During his career, he photographed the immigrant experience in America on New York’s Lower East Side, WWII, Spanish Civil War Refugees in France, people in East Harlem, Haiti and the South Bronx. Rosenblum had an extensive teaching career, beginning in 1947 at Brooklyn College (CUNY). He also taught at the Yale Summer School of Art for 25 years and at The Cooper Union, as well as at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, France, at C.R.A.F. (Centro di Ricerca e Archiviazione della Fotografia), Spilimbergo, Italy, and in São Paolo, Brazil. In 1980 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his project “People of the South Bronx”. In 1998 he received together with his wife Naomi Rosenblum, renowned photographic historian, the Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Center of Photography. Together with his wife, he curated international exhibitions notably the ground-breaking 1977 Lewis Hine Retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum which travelled throughout the United States and became the first exhibition sent to China by a major American museum. His photographs are present in more than forty international collections including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Library of Congress, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.