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Coney Island

1947-1948, gelatin silver print

Sid Grossman

born New York City 1913-died New York City 1955

sheet: 8 x 9 7/8 in. (20.3 x 25.1 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum Purchase, 1991.59.1, ©Miriam Grossman Cohen, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

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 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.

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