Photography

Grossman, Sid (1913 - 1955)

After having joined a camera club as a teenager, Sid Grossman co-founded the Photo-League with Sol Libsohn, in 1936. He promptly became one of the greatest chroniclers of New York’s working-class, documenting the changes occurring in Chelsea, Harlem’s street life as well as Coney Island bathers and Little Italy’s religious festivals. He also taught privately during winter months and once enrolled Lisette Model as one of his students. Sid Grossman always succeeded in immersing the viewers within the scenes he depicted, making palpable buoyant atmospheres or entertaining conversations. Sadly, the American photographer was persecuted by the US government that accused him of being into subversive politics.
 

Sid Grossman, Aguadulce, Guatemala, c. 1943
Sid Grossman, Aguadulce, Guatemala, c. 1943
Sid Grossman, Boxing, 1948
Sid Grossman, Boxing, 1948
Sid Grossman, Chelsea, c. 1940
Sid Grossman, Chelsea, c. 1940
Sid Grossman, Child Kicking Up Her Heels, Coney Island, 1954
Sid Grossman, Child Kicking Up Her Heels, Coney Island, 1954
Sid Grossman, Coney Island, c. 1947-1948
Sid Grossman, Coney Island, c. 1947-1948
Sid Grossman, Coney Island, c. 1947-1948
Sid Grossman, Coney Island, c. 1947-1948
Sid Grossman, Coney Island, c. 1947-1948
Sid Grossman, Coney Island, c. 1947-1948
Sid Grossman, Coney Island, 1947
Sid Grossman, Coney Island, 1947
Sid Grossman, Folksingers, Billie Holiday, c. 1948
Sid Grossman, Folksingers, Billie Holiday, c. 1948
Sid Grossman, Folksingers, Woody Guthrie, c. 1948
Sid Grossman, Folksingers, Woody Guthrie, c. 1948
Sid Grossman, Harlem, c. 1939-1949
Sid Grossman, Harlem, c. 1939-1949
Sid Grossman, Harlem, New York, 1939
Sid Grossman, Harlem, New York, 1939
Sid Grossman, Mulberry Street, 1947
Sid Grossman, Mulberry Street, 1947
Sid Grossman, Mulberry Street, New York, 1947
Sid Grossman, Mulberry Street, New York, 1947
Sid Grossman, New York, 1947
Sid Grossman, New York, 1947
Sid Grossman, Harlem, WPA, New York, 1938
Sid Grossman, Harlem, WPA, New York, 1938
Sid Grossman, Untitled, c. 1940
Sid Grossman, Untitled, c. 1940
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