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Ink and Graphite collage on paper support
11 3/8 x 16 3/8 inches
Signed Lida Moser 1991 left center edge
Minor loss and darkening.

Lida Moser
Born August 17, 1920
New York City, New York
Died August 12, 2014 (aged 93)
Washington, D.C.
Residence Rockville, Maryland
Occupation Photographer, author
Years active 1947 — 2014
Known for fashion, photojournalism, portraiture
Notable work Judy and the Boys, 1961

Lida Moser (August 17, 1920 – August 12, 2014) was an American-born photographer and author, with a career that spanned more than six decades, before retiring in her 90s. She was known for her photojournalism and street photography as a member of both the Photo League [1] and the New York School. Her portfolio includes black and white commercial, portrait and documentary photography, with her work continuing to have an impact.

The Photo League was an early center of American documentary photography in the post war years, with membership including many of the most significant photographers of the 20th century. In a retrospective at the Fraser Gallery in Washington DC, she was described as a pioneer in the field of photojournalism.[2]


“Judy and the Boys (Mimicry)” Photograph by Lida Moser, 1961.
Moser was born in 1920 in New York City.[3][4] Her career started in 1947 as an assistant in Berenice Abbott’s studio. She then earned her first assignment from Vogue in 1949, traveling across Canada. Other magazines featuring her work include Harper’s Bazaar, Look and Esquire. She has authored a number of books of her own work and co-authored several photographic technique books. Articles and ongoing columns appeared in the New York Times, New York Sunday Times, Amphoto Guide to Special Effects, Fun in Photography, Career Photography, Women See Men, Women of Vision, and This Was the Photo League, among others.

Moser’s series of “Camera View” articles on photography for The New York Times appeared between 1974 and 1981.[5] Her photography has fetched as much as $4,000 at Christie’s and other auctions[6] and continues to be collected and displayed by more than 40 museums worldwide.[7] Moser’s relationship to French photographer Eugène Atget can be seen in photos of Edinburgh, Scotland, as an early influence and that of American photographer Walker Evans.

She died on August 12, 2014 at the age of 93.[8]

Permanent collections

Her work has been exhibited in many museums worldwide and is in the permanent collection of

A portrait of Lida Moser, by painter Alice Neel, currently hangs in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Corcoran Gallery, Phillips Collection
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Library of Congress, Washington DC
National Archives, Ottawa
National Galleries of Scotland[9]
National Portrait Gallery, London [10]
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Significant works Edit

1949 “Queen’s Parade, Edinburgh, Scotland”
1950 “Farm Girls, Valley of the Matapedia, Quebec”
1961 “Judy and the Boys”
1965 “Office Bldg. Lobby, New York,”
1968 “Cops, Times Square, New York.”
1971 “Construction of the Exxon Building, New York'[7][11]

Source: Wikipedia