1895 - 1985
American, born in Hungary
Do you remember the first photograph you ever took?
"Maybe as early as 1900, when I was very young, at a family gathering.
I had discovered a charming illustrated magazine in our attic which moved me very much; I felt its warmth and spontaneity and I decided that I wanted to express my own impressions in the same way."
How did you first become interested in photography?
"I think I must have been given a Brownie camera when I was twelve. But probably what did me more good than anything else was being with my mother's closest friend, who was blind. During the St Louis Exposition, I would go to the fair every other day and describe the exhibits to her. I think that taught me observation like nothing else could. I can see those exhibits now, just as if it was yesterday."
How did you get started in photography?
"Everybody asks me that question. I'm asked it at parties, everywhere. Nobody started me. I was self-motivated. But I did see something of Gertrude Kasebier - and that's all I'm going to tell you about what started me off."
Excerpts from Dialogue With Photography
by Paul Hill & Thomas Cooper 1979