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Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt from the 1940s

Some photos are really magic capturing the exact moment. Many photos by Rudy Burckhardt are that kind of magic even when it’s a building or landscape that doesn’t really move or change. When he snapped, he caught that building or landscape taking a breath. In the 1940s, Rudy was in the the Signal Corps, spent time in the Caribbean and Mexico, and got married to the painter, Yvonne Jacquette with whom he’d collaborate on many projects over the next forty years, and starting out in the late 40s, raising a couple of kids as well. The photos I include here are a few from the decade mostly in New York and in that way of a piece, and the Paris photos are also city landscapes. During the 40s, Rudy Burckhardt focused on still lives, and personal photos of people in Haiti, Trinidad, and Mexico too, inside their homes and out; all are worth a look. Enjoy.


Dancing in Daily Life, 1940

Dancing in Daily Life, 1940


New York Moment, 1940

New York Moment, 1940


Astoria, Queens, 1940

Astoria, Queens, 1940


Jumbo Malted, 1940

Jumbo Malted, 1940


Astor Place, New York, 1947.

Astor Place, New York, 1947.


Astor Place, New York, 1947.

Astor Place, New York, 1947.


Herald Square, New York, 1947

Herald Square, New York, 1947


Subway, New York, 1947

Subway, New York, 1947


Subway, New York, 1947

Subway, New York, 1947


Subway, New York, 1947

Subway, New York, 1947


Subway, New York, 1947

Subway, New York, 1947


Time Square at Dusk, 1947

Time Square at Dusk, 1947


Two Women, Paris, 1947

Two Women, Paris, 1947


Paris Realization, Paris, 1947

Paris Realization, Paris, 1947


Flatiron Building, Summer, 1948.

Flatiron Building, Summer, 1948.



Rudy Burckhardt was published in 2004 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Philip Lopate and Vincent Katz are the authors. The book includes the photographs of Rudy Burckhardt from the 1930s to the 1990s. The photos above are taken from this book.

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