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.