Color Me New York: Photographs by Benn Mitchell

Sept 17, 2008 - Jan 18, 2009
Boca Raton Museum of Art

The exhibition honors Benn Mitchell as a forerunner in realistic photography, documenting life in New York City during the 1930s through the 1950s. Mitchell (born in New York City 1926 - ) sold his first photograph to LIFE magazine at the age of 16. Just one year later he became a portrait photographer in Hollywood for Warner Brothers' studios, capturing classic images of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, among others. In 1948, Mitchell started his own commercial studio in New York City, the beginning of a career lasting over five decades. This exhibition presents 16 color images shot in the streets of New York City between 1947 and 1980, which capture Benn Mitchell's acute observations, and his award-winning eye for both the artistic and the incidental. Mitchell now lives with his wife Esther in Boca Raton.


Benn Mitchell's "Girl Eating Ice Cream" at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

BENN MITCHELL, Girl Eating Ice Cream, 1948, Chromogenic print, 20 x 16 inches. Courtesy of the artist