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Ben Somoroff
American, born Philadelphia, 1916; died New York, 1984
Ben Somoroff was introduced to photography by his childhood friend Ben Rose who also introduced him to Alexey Brodovitch. He was a key member of the “Philadelphia School” of photographers (Irving Penn, Louis Faurer, Sol Mednik, Ben Rose, Arnold Newman, and Isadore Possoff), and came to New York City in the 1940s together with the group. He was a regular contributor to such magazines as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Look, and Esquire, to name a few. Some of his assignments for Look were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as other prominent museums around the world. He is considered to be one of the preeminent American still life photographers of the twentieth century. In 1979 he had the great honor of being chosen by the United States Congress as the first photographer to be commissioned to create the first photographic postage stamp commemorating photography.
- Diana Edkins, 2012