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Harry Lapow, American photographer and designer, was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1909. He became interested in photography after receiving a Ciroflex camera for his forty-third birthday in 1952. He later took courses with Lisette Model (1901-1983) at the New School for School Research, and together with his close friend, Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), studied photography with Sid Grossman (1915-1955). Lapow was primarily a photographer of people and places. One of his first photographs, depicting an Italian wedding on the beach at Coney Island, was chosen by Edward Steichen for the Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern of Art (New York) in 1955. His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Harry Lapow died in September 1982.
The collection consists of a gelatin silver print portrait of Lisette Model and her husband Evsa that was taken in their home on Seventh Avenue, New York City in 1953. On the verso is a Harry Lapow stamp and an inscription that reads: "Harry S. Lapow 7714 Bay Parkway Brooklyn 14, N.Y. BE.6-2999 / 1953."
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of collection.
[Title of item], Harry Lapow Photograph, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
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