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Coney Island

1947-1948 Sid Grossman Born: New York, New York 1913 Died: New York, New York 1955 gelatin silver print sheet: 8 x 9 7/8 in. (20.3 x 25.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum Purchase ©Miriam Grossman Cohen, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York 1991.59.1 Not currently on view


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Sid Grossman was best known as an outspoken founder of the New York Photo League, where he taught courses in documentary photography. Fiercely committed to social causes, he believed that photography should be a moral force in society. Grossman broke away from the documentary traditions while stationed in Panama during World War II, when he experimented with the effects of blur and graininess on the emotional impact of an image. From then on, Grossman used these techniques to convey immediacy and movement.


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013

Keywords

Figure female

Landscape - New York

Landscape - New York - Coney Island

Recreation - sport and play

photography - photoprint

paper

gelatin silver

About Sid Grossman

Born: New York, New York 1913 Died: New York, New York 1955

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