Brought up in New York, Dan Weiner studied painting at the Arts Student League and the Pratt Institute, supporting himself by working during the day. He then joined the Photo League alongside Paul Strand, Sid Grossman and Dorothea Lange and became familiar with the work of photographers of the Depression era. Although he had set up his own commercial studio, in 1946, the American photographer went on extensive travels around the world, documenting the existences of Italians, South Africans or Russians. Back in the United States, he covered major events of the Civil Rights movement with deep portraits of Martin Luther King while he chronicled old folks’ homes in Indiana, flood devastations or the suburban life of Forest Park. An eloquent observer of everyday life, he depicted his subjects with much simplicity and effectiveness, candidly recording how much life can sometimes be joyful and frivolous and, at other times, dramatic and harsh.