Vintage: New York by Andreas Feininger (1940s)

Vintage: New York by Andreas Feininger (1940s)


In advance of World War II, in 1939, Andreas Feininger immigrated to the U.S. where he established himself as a freelance photographer. In 1943 he joined the staff of Life magazine, an association that lasted until 1962.

Feininger became famous for his photographs of New York.

9th Avenue Elevated armature in Harlem, on 8th Avenue near 127th Street, 1940.

9th Avenue Elevated armature in Harlem, on 8th Avenue near 127th Street, 1940.

An exterior view of the entrance to the Ferry Terminal at Liberty Street, 1942.

An exterior view of the entrance to the Ferry Terminal at Liberty Street, 1942.

Boys playing game of punch ball down by the docks, 1949.

Boys playing game of punch ball down by the docks, 1949.

Smoggy waterfront skyline of New York City as seen from the shores of New Jersey, 1946.

Smoggy waterfront skyline of New York City as seen from the shores of New Jersey, 1946.

Dimout, downtown Manhattan and East River, 1943.

Dimout, downtown Manhattan and East River, 1943.

Feeding the ducks and swans in Central Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon, 1943.

Feeding the ducks and swans in Central Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon, 1943.

Moon shining over Manhattan's RCA & Chrysler buildings as its light shimmers on the waters of the Hudson River, 1946.

Moon shining over Manhattan’s RCA & Chrysler buildings as its light shimmers on the waters of the Hudson River, 1946.

Sheep Meadow, Central Park, 1940.

Sheep Meadow, Central Park, 1940.

Street covers by the snow during snowstorm, 1948.

Street covers by the snow during snowstorm, 1948.

 Typical crowded urban scene in Midtown Manhattan looking north on 5th Ave from 31st Street, 1948.

Typical crowded urban scene in Midtown Manhattan looking north on 5th Ave from 31st Street, 1948.

Underneath West Side Highway near 125th Street, 1940.

Underneath West Side Highway near 125th Street, 1940.

View of a crescent moon over lower Manhattan, 1946. The three tallest buildings are, from left), the City Bank Farmers Trust Building (Cross and Cross, completed 1931; later known as 20 Exchange Place), the Cities Service Building (Clinton & Russell, Holton & George, completed 1932; later known as the American International Building), and the Bank of the Manhattan Company building (H. Craig Severance, completed 1930; later known as 40 Wall Street and the Trump Building).

View of a crescent moon over lower Manhattan, 1946. The three tallest buildings are, from left), the City Bank Farmers Trust Building (Cross and Cross, completed 1931; later known as 20 Exchange Place), the Cities Service Building (Clinton & Russell, Holton & George, completed 1932; later known as the American International Building), and the Bank of the Manhattan Company building (H. Craig Severance, completed 1930; later known as 40 Wall Street and the Trump Building).


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