Florence Vandamm Self Portrait, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Florence Vandamm Self Portrait, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Sept. 18, 2013 - Mid Feb. 2014

Poet of Light: Florence Vandamm & the Vandamm Studio

Free

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Florence Vandamm & the Vandamm Studio

Perhaps the most widely published and least understood visual record of 20th century performing arts, the output of the Vandamm Studio has largely been utilized only as illustrated backdrop for the retelling of Broadway history. The prints, contact sheets, and negatives of theater, music, and dance in London (1908 – 1923) and New York (1924 – 1963) are among the Library for the Performing Arts’ most requested treasures. Few are aware that the visionary photographer and portraitist who lent her talent and name to the studio was a woman. With a career spanning over five decades, Florence Vandamm was one of the most prolific and widely published female commercial photographers of the early 20th century.