Sonia Handelman Meyer
Untitled (Spanish Harlem)
negative about 1946–1950; printed 2008
14 x 14 in. (35.56 x 35.56 cm)
Medium and Support:
Gelatin silver print on paper
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
Currently living in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sonia Handelman Meyer spent much of her life in New York City. An active member of The Photo League, an association of photographers working in New York City from 1936 to 1951, Meyer documented ordinary people in the city. Like Lewis Hine and Farm Security Administration photographers of the Great Depression, Meyer believed that social documentary photography could improve the lives of people by communicating the humanity of the oppressed and disadvantaged.
Drawn to street scenes and candid shots of immigrants, minorities, and children throughout the city, Meyer used her twin-lens Rolleicord camera to capture the individual spirit of her subjects as seen here.