Empire State Building, 39th St. & 5th Ave.
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Gelatin silver print
Printed circa 1935
Alexander Artemiev was born March 25, 1903 in Gomel, Belarus, Russia. The youngest of nine children, as a teenager he fought in the White Army and was wounded in his left leg. He fled and went into exile in Europe (Belgrade, Prague, Paris) for years until he was able to enter America. He entered on Ellis Island in June of 1922 under the name Alexander Artway. He remained and photographed in New York City for the next 18 years. He joined the Merchant Marines and later became a captain of ships and sailed around the world taking pictures.
Artway’s vintage prints have recently been organized by his daughter and have been shown successfully at art fairs in Los Angeles as well as in New York City.