The photographer | Rudy Burckhardt (1939 - 1957)


Rudy Burckhardt (1914-1999) was a Swiss-American filmmaker, and photographer, known for his photographs of hand-painted billboards which began to dominate the American landscape in the nineteen-forties and fifties.

"New York was different. Arriving here in 1935, at age 21, I was overwhelmed by its grandeur and ceaseless energy. I felt this was the place where I wanted to stay. The tremendous difference in scale between the soaring buildings and people moving against them in the street astonished me, and it took a couple of years before I felt ready to photograph."
Rudy Burckhardt

“New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it - once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.”
John Steinbeck, America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

< Rudy Burckhardt, Legs of two women crossing next to sidewalk skylights, New York, 1939
Rudy Burckhardt, Broadway Toward Union Square, 1947                                                  Rudy Burckhardt, Flatiron Building, Summer, 1948
Rudy Burckhardt, A View From Brooklyn I, 1954                                                       Rudy Burckhardt, A View From Brooklyn II, 1954
Rudy Burckhardt, Snail and Can Opener, 1950                                                 Rudy Burckhardt, Untitled (Bird's Eye), 1945
 Rudy Burckhardt, Sir Walter Raleigh, 1945
Joseph Cornell, Rudy Burckhardt, Nymphlight, 1957                                                        Rudy Burckhardt, Anarchitecture, 1947
Rudy Burckhardt, Jackson Pollock Painting, 1950                                            Rudy Burckhardt, Three Italians, 1955
Larry Rivers and Kenneth Koch with poem-painting New York                           Rudy Burckhardt, Hot Roast Beef Sandwich 25 Cents, 1939
Photo by Rudy Burckhardt                                                                                            
Rudy Burckhardt,  Port of Spain, Trinidad (basket, fruit in wooden boxes), 1942-43

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