Ida Wyman: Ida Wyman: Life With A Camera

Ida Wyman: Ida Wyman: Life With A Camera

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Ida Wyman was one of the defining artists of early street photography that helped shape how we look at our world. Wyman’s photographic vignettes of life in urban centers and small towns in the United States, taken during the mid-twentieth century, illuminate the historical moment while providing a deeply humanist perspective on her subjects.

The daughter of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Ida Wyman was born March 7, 1926 in Malden, Massachusetts. The family soon moved to New York, where her parents ran a small grocery store in the Bronx. Her parents bought her a box camera when she was 14, and she joined the camera club at Walton High School, honing her skills at taking and printing pictures. By the time Wyman was 16, she know that she wanted to work as a photographer. Opportunities then were few for women photographers, but in 1943 Wyman joined Acme Newspictures as a mail room ‘boy’; pulling prints and captioning them for clients. At lunch hour, she photographed nearby laborers and office workers with her Graflex Speed Graphic camera.

When the war ended, Acme’s only female printer was fired so a man could have her job. Wyman set out on her own to begin free-lance work for magazines, and her first photo story was published in LOOK magazine the same year. By 1948 she was in Los Angeles, working on assignments for LIFE magazine. She would eventually cover over 100 assignments for LIFE.For the next several years, Wyman covered assignments for LIFE, Fortune, Saturday Evening Post, Parade, and many other leading publications of the time. Her varied assignments always focused on human-interest stories, which have become a hallmark of her work.

Ida Wyman: Ida Wyman
Life With A Camera
February 14 – April 19

Monroe Gallery of Photography
112 Don Gaspar Santa Fe, NM 87501
monroegallery.com

Looking East on 41st Street, NYC, 1947

Looking East on 41st Street, NYC, 1947 © Ida Wyman

Shoe Shine, New York

Shoe Shine, New York © Ida Wyman

Man in Alley

Man in Alley © Ida Wyman

Eighth Street, Greenwich Village, New York, 1946

Eighth Street, Greenwich Village, New York, 1946 © Ida Wyman

Children on stoop, Philadelphia, PA, 1947

Children on stoop, Philadelphia, PA, 1947 © Ida Wyman

The Bent Elbow, Los Angeles, 1950

The Bent Elbow, Los Angeles, 1950 © Ida Wyman


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