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Guide to the Andreas Feininger Photograph Collection
[1939]-1954, 1970-1984
  PR 207

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jennifer Lewis

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 06, 2014
Description is in English.

Container List

Series III: New York in the 1970s and 1980s

Scope and Contents note

Series III consists of ca. 154 of Andreas Feininger's photographs of Manhattan taken from the early 1970s through the 1980s, many of which were exhibited in The New-York Historical Society's shows Manhattan Now: 14 Photographers Look at the Form of the City (1974),  Manhattan Observed: Fourteen Photographers Look at New York, 1972-1981 (1981-1982), and  The Deuce: Photographs of Times Square by Andreas Feininger (1998). Photographs are filed alphabetically by subject.

Photographs focus on a variety of subjects, the largest of which are Times Square; Graffiti; Signs, Murals, Posters, and Billboards; and Reflections. Many of the photographs of graffiti feature a life-sized black painted figure Feininger refers to as "Shadowman," painted in a variety of locations and variations on buildings and walls. Photographs of signs, murals, posters and billboards depict everything from hand-painted signs in foreign languages to explicit posters for strip clubs. Photographs on security and vandalism reflect Feininger's descriptive annotations on his photographs of a security gate and locked and vandalized bicycles. Feininger's photographs depicting construction, fire escapes, reflections, and water tanks focus on structure and pattern in the architecture of the city. The largest group of photographs depict the Times Square area, especially the signs for sex shops, strip clubs, and theaters of the 1970s and 1980s.

Most of the photographs in this series bear Feininger's stamp and a number reflecting the type of film and date; most are also signed and dated by the photographer.

At the end of this series are a group of oversize exhibition photographs printed for The New-York Historical Society and Raffi Custom Photo Lab, Inc. from Feininger's negatives for several of the aforementioned exhibits. Subjects include billboards, signs, Times Square, skyscrapers and reflections; notes are provided under subjects in the folder listing to lead researchers to pertinent exhibition photographs.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 65 Art Galleries and Museums, interiors
Box: 5 Folder : 66 Central Park
Box: 5 Folder : 67 Chinatown
Box: 6 Folder : 68 Construction
Box: 6 Folder : 69 Empire State Building
Box: 6 Folder : 70 Fire Escapes
Box: 6 Folder : 71 Graffiti
1981, 1983
Box: 6 Folder : 72 Grand Central Terminal
Box: 6 Folder : 73 Madison Avenue at 25th Street
Box: 6 Folder : 74 Reflections

General note

See also: Flat files, Folder 88, Oversize Exhibition Photographs

Box: 6 Folder : 75 Rockefeller Center
Box: 6 Folder : 76 Security and Vandalism

General note

See also: Flat files, Folder 88

Box: 7 Folder : 77 Signs, Murals, Posters and Billboards

General note

See also: Times Square and Flat files, Folder 88, Oversize Exhibition Photographs

Box: 7 Folder : 78 Sixth Avenue
Box: 7 Folder : 79-81 Times Square Area

General note

See also: Flat files, Folder 88, Oversize Exhibition Photographs

Box: 7 Folder : 82 Water Tanks
Box: 7 Folder : 83 West Side, 20s through 50s
1975, 1981
Box: 7 Folder : 84 World Trade Center
1981, 1984
Box: 7 Folder : 85 Unidentified Building
Box: Flat files Folder : 86 Oversize Exhibition Photographs, unmatted
Box: Flat files Oversize Exhibition Photographs, matted

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