|Born: Abrasha Choosidman |
Other: Abrasha Zinberg
Other: Arty Zinn
|Dates: ||1912 - 2003|
|Died: ||US, CA, Los Angeles|
Zinn Arthur was born Abrasha Choosidman, but when his family arrived as immigrants at Ellis Island, New York, in 1921, they changed their surname to Zinberg. Arthurís first career was in music. He led a big band in high school, shortening his name to ĎArty Zinní and later changing it to Zinn Arthur. During the Second World War he toured US army bases around the world with Irving Berlinís show This is the Army.
After the war, Arthur turned to photography, taking his first pictures of musicians such as Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. He became a celebrity photographer, specialising in TV personalities and then in film. He worked on a total of 66 film sets and photographed actors including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Burt Lancaster for the covers of magazines such as Life, Look, Esquire and Harperís Bazaar. Finally, Arthur had a third career as a restaurateur, with establishments in Long Island, New York, and south Florida. The restaurant walls were lined with pictures he had taken during his years as a photographer.
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Date last updated: 11 Nov 2011.
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