(New York, New York, 1919 - 2006, New York, New York)
Drafted into the army in 1943, Walter Rosenblum became one of the most celebrated combat photographers of World War II, capturing images of the invasion of Normandy and the liberation of Dachau. Prior to the war, he studied photography with Lewis Hine and Paul Strand at the Photo League, an organization of socially conscious photographers in New York. Rosenblum served with distinction, earning a Silver Star, Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a Presidential Unit Citation. He taught photography at Brooklyn College for over 40 years and gained notoriety for his images of the Bronx and Haiti. Along with his wife, scholar Dr. Naomi Rosenblum, he advocated for Hine’s importance in the art historical canon, writing extensively and curating museum exhibitions of the artist’s work. In 1998, the couple received an Infinity award for their scholarly contributions, the highest award given by the International Center of Photography. Rosenblum was recognized for his own photography by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1976 and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980. His work is part of many museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Canada and the Detroit Institute of Arts.