Artworks and Artists
Sid Grossman
Born in New York, New York, 25 June 1913
Died in New York, New York, 31 December 1955
Copyright N. Jay Jaffee Trust, 2002. Courtesy N. Jay Jaffee Trust and Sarah Morthland Gallery, New York

Sid Grossman

In 1936 Grossman co-founded the New York Photo League. He served as president of the League and worked as a teacher and photographer, completing major documentary projects. The WPA (Works Progress Administration) hired him in 1939 to photograph Harlem, the African-American quarter of New York. In 1949 Grossman was "blacklisted" as a communist, which barred him from most employment as a photographer, and forced him to resign as Photo League president and abandon a highly influential teaching career. He left New York and eventually established a summer school of photography in Provincetown.