Collection Artwork
Edward Schwartz (Brooklyn, New York, 1906 – 2005, Toms River, New Jersey)
Injured freight railroad brakeman on a binge with O'Conner, Chatham Square - Bowery, New York City
gelatin silver print
paper size: 9 3/8 x 7 7/8 in.
board size: 14 x 11 in.
The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum
photographed in the Bowery, New York, New York, United States, North America
Signed and dated in ink, on board
Signed, titled, and dated in ink, board verso
Two artist stamps, board verso

Object Label

Edward Schwartz photographed this railroad worker in the historic Bowery; in the 1940s, this deteriorating New York neighborhood was nicknamed “Skid Row.” As a member of the New York Photo League, Schwartz believed documentary photography could create a powerful social impact.

From the exhibition: Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy (July 9 – December 18, 2022)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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