About This Image

Photo credited in black ink: "PHOTO: SAM FALK" at lower right margin on the recto of the mount.See: Edward Steichen, Family of Man, p.; Popular Photo, Jan. 1981, p.119.Born in 1901, Sam Falk was a self-taught photographer at The New York Times for more than 40 years, and was a pioneer in 35-mm photography at The Times. He joined the staff in 1925 and during his career specialized in photographs of famous people and events.His sold his first photo though when he was 16 to the New York Morning World. It was a photo of lightening taken with a simple box camera.He toured with President Calvin Coolidge and covered national political conventions and championship boxing matches. He also covered the Lindbergh kidnapping trial, snapped finishes of the Kentucky Derby and roamed the United States and Europe taking pictures for The New York Times Magazine.Falk, who had to purchase his one 35 mm camera, claimed that German photographer Erich Salomon was his inspiration in miniature photography.His photographs were often the subject of one-man exhibitions, including one at the Smithsonian Institution that ran for 14 months. His work was included in the MoMA's Family of Man show and is in that museum's permanent collection. His work is also a part of the collection of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian.This photo, which appears in the Family of Man, only happened when Falk, after waiting around for hours, finally offered to buy the striking longshoremen group beers all around. When the most negative in the group pulled out his harmonica and started to play, all was well. Falk made a few shots, paid the bill and went his way.Falk retired in 1969 and died May 1991 of heart failure at the Sunrise Health Center in Sunrise, FL.

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Striking Longshoremen in a Bar
Sam Falk Striking Longshoremen in a Bar

Price $4,000

Main Image

Ref.# 15980

Medium Silver print

Mount on original mount

Photo Date 1956  Print Date 1960s

Dimensions 12-3/4 x 19-5/8 in. (324 x 498 mm)

Photo Country United States (USA)

Photographer Country United States (USA)


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