Vintage: United States in the 1930s by John Gutmann

Vintage: United States in the 1930s by John Gutmann


A painter turned photographer, John Gutmann began working as a photojournalist in 1933 for Presse-Photo. Being Jewish, in 1936 he fled Nazi Germany to the United States where he worked as a photographer for various German magazines, signing on with Pix Publishing, an agency he worked with for over twenty years. Gutmann’s main subject matter was the American way of life, especially the Jazz music scene. Gutmann is recognized for his unique “worm’s-eye view” camera angle.

Early drive-in restaurant, Hollywood, 1935

Early drive-in restaurant, Hollywood, 1935. Photo by John Gutmann

Automobiles Parked at the beach, Oregon, 1934

Automobiles Parked at the beach, Oregon, 1934. Photo by John Gutmann

Death stalks the Filmore, 1939

Death stalks the Filmore, 1939. Photo by John Gutmann

First Drive-in theatre, Los Angeles, 1935

First Drive-in theatre, Los Angeles, 1935. Photo by John Gutmann

Pop Advertising, San Francisco, 1939

Pop Advertising, San Francisco, 1939. Photo by John Gutmann

“Cash for your car”, San Francisco, 1939

“Cash for your car”, San Francisco, 1939. Photo by John Gutmann

National Guard tanks, San Francisco, 1934

National Guard tanks, San Francisco, 1934. Photo by John Gutmann

Elevator Garage, Chicago, 1936

Elevator Garage, Chicago, 1936. Photo by John Gutmann

Out of the Pool, San Francisco, 1934

Out of the Pool, San Francisco, 1934. Photo by John Gutmann

Cord in Harlem, NY, 1936

Cord in Harlem, NY, 1936. Photo by John Gutmann

Reach, San Francisco, 1938

Reach, San Francisco, 1938. Photo by John Gutmann

Warriors, Harlem, 1936

Warriors, Harlem, 1936. Photo by John Gutmann

Tee-Peeing the Vieux Carré, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, 1937

Tee-Peeing the Vieux Carré, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, 1937. Photo by John Gutmann

Lunch hour, San Francisco, 1934

Lunch hour, San Francisco, 1934. Photo by John Gutmann

Man Walking by Clown and Lady Graffiti, San Francisco, 1939

Man Walking by Clown and Lady Graffiti, San Francisco, 1939. Photo by John Gutmann

Mobile, Alabama, 1937

Mobile, Alabama, 1937. Photo by John Gutmann

Texas Women, Texas, 1937

Texas Women, Texas, 1937. Photo by John Gutmann

Selling Apples: No. 1 Broadway, New York, 1936

Selling Apples: No. 1 Broadway, New York, 1936. Photo by John Gutmann

Kids Reading Comics, San Francisco, 1938

Kids Reading Comics, San Francisco, 1938. Photo by John Gutmann


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