Monday, November 17

John Gutmann

"Born in Breslau, Germany, Gutmann studied to be a painter under Otto Mueller before turning to photography shortly before he emigrated to the United States, where he became known for his vivid images of popular culture. Gutmann brought a foreigner’s view to the streets of California, where he saw with fresh eyes such astonishing (to him) phenomena as multiracial crowds, drive in movies and restaurants, drum majorettes, car parks and golf links, beauty contests, tattoo parlors, and movie marquees. He was fascinated by the status of the car as an American icon and photographed unusual license plates, decorated dashboards, decals, and hood ornaments. He also took a notable series of New York City in the 1940s."
Lumiere Gallery
John Gutmann Photography Fellowship
W - John Gutmann
NY Times: John Gutmann, 93, Painter Who Became a Photographer
Fraenkel Gallery: My Eyes Were Fresh: John Gutmann (Video)