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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Ben Shahn

Dates:  1898, 12 September - 1969, 14 March
Born:  Lithuania, Kaunas (Kovno - Grove Art Online)
Active:  US
Gender:  Male
 
  
American lithographer, painter and photographer. From 1935-1938 he worked for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) in the USA.

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Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
  
Pastan, Amy (ed.) & Egan, Timothy (introduction), 2008, Fields of Vision: The Photographs of Ben Shahn: The Library of Congress, (Giles in association with the Library of Congress) isbn-10: 1904832407 isbn-13: 978-1904832409 [Δ
  
Pratt, Davis (ed.), 1975, The Photographic Eye of Ben Shahn, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press) [Δ
  
 
  
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - alan@luminous-lint.com
 
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Ben Shahn 
1938, 12 December
 
  
Family history 
  
If you are related to this photographer and interested in tracking down your extended family we can place a note here for you to help. It is free and you would be amazed who gets in touch. 
  
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Visual indexes

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Internet biographies

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
Grove Art Online (www.groveart.com) has a biography of this artist. 
[NOTE: This is a subscription service and you will need to pay an annual fee to access the content.]
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Internet resources

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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.232 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 
  
 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

 
• Gruber, Renate and L. Fritz Gruber 1982 The Imaginary Photo Museum (New York: Harmony Books) p.259 
  
• Newhall, Beaumont 1982 The History of Photography - Fifth Edition (London: Secker & Warburg) [One or more photographs by Ben Shahn are included in this classic history.] 
  
• Szarkowski, John 1973 Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York: The Museum of Modern Art) p.118 [Analyzes a single photograph by Ben Shahn.] 
  

Collections

Photographic collections are a useful means of examining large numbers of photographs by a single photographer on-line. 
  

 
Library of Congress, Washington, USA 
  
Approximate number of records: ? 
Note: A single record may contain more than one photograph.
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