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Posted on 05/16/2008


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Miss America
Joe Schwartz
Ocean Hill Brooklyn, NY


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Miss America
About the photographer: In his work, Schwartz, a self-termed “folk photographer,” captured the everyday lives of ordinary people wherever he encountered them—at bus stops, beaches, sidewalks, and playgrounds. He focused on the urban “have-nots,” but instead of calling attention to their plight, he emphasized their intrinsic human dignity. This compassionate approach to his subjects has been the hallmark of Schwartz’s career. His deeply moving photographs caught the attention of the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers and magazines in which Schwartz’s images have been featured.

Joe Schwartz was born in New York in 1913 and grew up in the Kingsboro housing project. He was schooled in photography on the streets of Depression-era Brooklyn and joined the Photo League in the mid-1930s. His early experiences with poverty and discrimination sparked a lifelong commitment to social justice, which he carried with him when his family relocated to Los Angeles when he was a young boy.

He published a book "Folk Photography" containing one hundred and fifty photographs with the help of the Cal Poly Graphics Department, San Luis Obispo in 2000.

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