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Pioneering Poet of Light: Photographer Florence Vandamm & the Vandamm Studio
NYPL for the Performing Arts, Vincent Astor Gallery

Perhaps the most widely published and least understood visual record of 20th century performing arts, the output of the Vandamm Studio has largely been utilized only as illustrative backdrop for the retelling of Broadway history. The prints, contact sheets, and negatives of theater, music and dance in London (1908 – 1923) and New York (1924 – 1963) are among the Library for the Performing Arts’ most requested treasures. Few are aware that the visionary photographer and portraitist who lent her talent and name to the studio was – a woman and one who opened her first studio in 1908! With a career spanning over five decades, Florence Vandamm was one of the most prolific and widely published female commercial photographers of the early 20th century.

Date: November 19, 2013  - February 28, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM-9:00 AM

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