Charles Mingus by Lida Moser
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Gelatin silver print (irregular cut/tear)
Annotated “Neg. # 50-12”. au recto, upper left margin
Annotated "Charles Mingus by Lida Moser N.D.", in pencil, au verso
Printed circa 1975
Lida Moser (1920 – 2014) was an American-born photographer and author, with a career that spanned more than six decades, before retiring in her 90s. Her career started in 1947 as an assistant in Berenice Abbott’s studio and in time she would become known for her photojournalism and street photography as a member of both the Photo League and the New York School. Her portfolio includes black and white commercial, portrait, landscape, experimental, abstract, and documentary photography, with her work continuing to have an impact.
The Photo League was an early center of American documentary photography in the post-war years, with membership including many of the most significant photographers of the 20th century. In a retrospective at the Fraser Gallery in Washington DC, she was described as a pioneer in the field of photojournalism,and The New York Times noted that she "excelled at photojournalism at a time when women were a rarity in the field." She has also been described, much to Moser's annoyance, as the "grandmother of American photojournalism."