Oral history interview with Hans Namuth

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.namuth71
Creators:
Namuth, Hans
Cummings, Paul
Dates:
1971 Aug. 12-Sept. 14
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
26 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Hans Namuth conducted 1971 Aug. 12-Sept. 8, by Paul Cummings, at the artist's studio in New York, N.Y., for the Archives of American Art. Namuth speaks of his youth in Germany; the effects of Nazism on him and his family; living in Paris and Spain after leaving Germany; his first involvement with photography; living in a refugee camp; moving to New York in 1941 and working as a photographer; his activities in military intelligence during World War II; meeting Jackson Pollock in 1949 and making a film about him; and working in architectural photography.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Hans Namuth (1915 -1990) was a photographer and a filmmaker from New York, N.Y.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 5 min.
General
Partially transcribed. August 12 and September 8 sessions are transcribed; September 14 session is not transcribed.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
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Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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