Skyline Crescent Evening

Crescent moon rises between Manhattan skyscrapers, 1946

Crescent moon rises between Manhattan skyscrapers, 1946

If one had to choose a single photographer whose work would serve as a visual biography of New York City in its postwar Golden Age — when Gotham became, in a sense, the capital of the world — the name Andreas Feininger would have to be in the mix. Paris-born, raised in Germany and, for a time, a cabinet-maker and architect trained in the Bauhaus, Feininger’s pictures of New York in the 1940s and ’50s helped define, for all time, not merely how a great 20th century city looked, but how it imagined itself and its place in the world. With its traffic-jammed streets, gritty waterfronts, iconic bridges and inimitable skyline, the city assumed the character of a vast, vibrant landscape

Read more: Andreas Feininger: Spotlight on a Master Photographer

 

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