The Photo League

The Photo League was a cooperative of photographers in New York who banded together around a range of common social and creative causes. Founded in 1936, the League included some of the most noted American photographers of the mid-20th century among its members. It ceased operations in 1951 following its placement in 1947 on the U.S. Department of Justice blacklist with accusations that it was a communist, anti-American organization. The League's origins traced back to a project of the Workers International Relief (WIR), a communist association based in Berlin. In 1930 the WIR established the Workers Camera League in New York City, which soon came to be known as the Film and Photo League. Its goals were to 'struggle against and expose reactionary film; to produce documentary films reflecting the lives and struggles of the American workers; and to spread and popularize the great artistic and revolutionary Soviet productions' (Anne Tucker, in: The Photo League: Photography as a Social Force. Modern Photography. p. 90, 1979).

Members of the Photo League

Members of the Photo League (source: The Jewish Museum New York)

Berenice ABBOTT, Alexander ALLAND, Lucy ASHJIAN, Marynn Older AUSUBEL, Lou BERNSTEIN, Nancy BULKELEY, Rudy BURCKHARDT, Angela CALOMIRIS, Vivian CHERRY, Bernard COLE, Larry COLWELL, Ann COOPER, Harold CORSINI, Jack DELANO, Robert DISRAELI, Arnold EAGLE, John EBSTEL, Myron EHRENBERG, Eliot ELISOFON, Martin ELKORT, Morris ENGEL, Harold FEINSTEIN, Godfrey FRANKEL, George GILBERT, Leo GOLDSTEIN, Sid GROSSMAN, Rosalie GWATHMEY, Lewis Wickes HINE, Morris HUBERLAND, Nathan Jay JAFFEE, Consuelo KANAGA, Seymour KATTELSON, Sidney KERNER, Gabriella LANGENDORF, Arthur LEIPZIG, Rebecca LEPKOFF, Jack LESSINGER, Leon LEVINSTEIN, Sol LIBSOHN, Jerome LIEBLING, Richard LYON, Sam MAHL, Jack MANNING, Phyllis DEARBORN MASSAR, Tosh MATSUMOTO, Sonia HANDELMAN MEYER, Lisette MODEL, Barbara MORGAN, Lida MOSER, Arnold NEWMAN, Marvin E. NEWMAN, Ruth ORKIN, Marion PALFI, Bea PANCOAST, Solomon Fabricant PROM, David ROBBINS, Walter ROSENBLUM, Edwin ROSSKAM, Arthur ROTHSTEIN, Rae RUSSEL, Edward SCHWARTZ, Joe SCHWARTZ, Ann Zane SHANKS, Lee SIEVAN, Larry SILVER, Aaron SISKIND, W. Eugene SMITH, Fred STEIN, Ralph STEINER, Louis STETTNER, Erika STONE, Lou STUEMEN, Paul STRAND, Rolf TIETGENS, Elizabeth TIMBERMAN, David VESTAL, John VACHON, WEEGEE (Arthur Fellig), Dan WEINER, Sandra WEINER, Bill WITT, Ida WYMAN, Max YAVNO, George S. ZIMBEL

Photo books by members of the Photo League

  • ABBOTT, Berenice
    BURCKHARDT, Rudy
    DELANO, Jack
    HINE, Lewis Wickes
    LEIPZIG, Arthur
    MODEL, Lisette
    NEWMAN, Arnold
    ORKIN, Ruth
    SISKIND, Aaron
    SMITH, W. Eugene
    STEIN, Fred
    STETTNER, Louis
    STRAND, Paul
    VESTAL, David
    VACHON, John
    WEEGEE (Arthur Fellig)

Pb., 14 x 19,5 x 4 cm., 544 pp., b/w ills., trilingual text: English, German & French
15,00 € *
HC (no dust jacket, as issued),
58,00 € *
Pb. (no dust jacket, as issued), 13,5 x 23,5 x 3,5 cm., 432 pp., b/w ills., text language: English
24,00 € *
A collection of various photo book titles by the American photographer Berenice ABBOTT (1898-1991). The titles listed in this set are already out of stock. This complete offer can include various editions of the same title.
548,00 € *
'Shooting Off My Mouth Spitting Into The Mirror' is an unconventional biography of the work of Lisette MODEL (1901-1983), in which the author Eugenia Parry offers meta-fictional monologues with the artist and us with a new interpretation of the work.
24,80 € *
Re-edit, HC with dust jacket, 21 x 20 x 1,5 cm., 96 pp., 73 b/w ills., bilingual text: French / English
16,00 € *
This monograph provides an excellent view of the work of the US-American photographer Berenice ABBOTT, who not only made Eugène ATGET's work about Paris world-famous, but also pursued her own project about changing New York and did science photography.
0,00 € *
This 5 volume project that present hundreds of outstanding ABBOTT images for the first time. These previously unknown images further clarified the range of her photographic activity beyond her 'Paris Portraits', 'Changing New York' & 'Documenting Science'
from 178,00 €
New Ed., HC (no dust jacket, as issued), 24,5 x 31,5 x 2,5 cm., 200 pp., 128 duotone b/w ills., bilingual texts: German / English
39,90 € *
Within a year her pictures were exhibited and acclaimed. The photo book 'Paris Portraits' features the clear, honest results of Berenice ABBOTT’s earliest photographic endeavor, which illustrates the philosophy that shaped all of her subsequent work.
68,00 € *