ICP Receives Major Donation from Sandor Family Collection
The Members' Newsletter of the International Center of Photography Winter 2001 Issue 1

Just before Christmas 2000, the International Center of Photography received an extraordinary present: a donation of one hundred and five important modernist photographs from the Sandor Family Collection. The gift includes substantial clusters of works by James VanDerZee, Robert Capa, Garry Winogrand, and Else Thalemann, as well as individual works by W. Eugene Smith, Danny Lyon and others. ICP Trustee Richard Sandor, who made the gift on behalf of the family collection, noted that the presentation was intended to honor ICP Founding Director Cornell Capa, current Director Willis Hartshorn, and Board President Raymond McGuire.

The heart of the Sandor gift is a group of twenty vintage photographs by James VanDerZee, whose Harlem portrait studio was patronized by the most distinguished residents of the area in the 1920s. These photographs add to the three VanDerZee images already in the Permanent Collection, and complement the extensive documentation of everyday life recorded in ICP's Daniel Cowin Collection of African American History.

Enriching the Permanent Collection's extensive Robert Capa archive are sixteen vintage photographs by Capa taken on his trip to the Soviet Union with John Steinbeck during the summer of 1947. There are three vintage photographs by Deford Bechert of a young Miss Porter's School student, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who was an early supporter and trustee of ICP. The donation also includes six of Garry Winogrand's photographs of anonymous women from the 1960s and '70s, eight industrial photographs from the 1920s by German photographer Else Thalemann, two advertising photographs by Anton Breuhl, and eight Bauhaus books edited by Walter Gropius.

The Sandor Family Collection (which can be viewed at www.sandor-collection.com) was formed by Richard Sandor, CEO of Environmental Financial Products, and his wife, Ellen Sandor, a noted multimedia artist.

 

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