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Guide to the Lida Moser Photograph Collection
1971, 1978
 PR 123

New-York Historical Society
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Kelly McAnnaney

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 13, 2011
Description is in English.

Biographical Note

After working in a motion picture studio, doing camera work, sound and film editing, Lida Moser was convinced by a colleague to try still photography. She immediately took to it, enjoying the total control she had over the process.

In 1947, Moser became an assistant in Berenice Abbott's studio, helping to organize a collection of Eugene Atget prints and negatives. After leaving Abbott's studio, Moser photographed for various magazines including Vogue,  Harper's Bazaar, and  Look. She worked as staff photographer for Playwright's Inc., a Broadway theatre production company, for two years. She worked with realist painter John Koch, photographing him, his work, exhibits and events, from 1954 to 1974. She also wrote several books on photography, created images for book cover art, and worked as photojournalist in several countries, taking photographs for over 60 years.