Don Donaghy

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Don Donaghy (born Leonard Donald Donaghy in Pennsylvania; 2 November 1936 – 23 July 2008) was a member of the New York School of Photography, which includes Robert Frank, Louis Faurer, and Bruce Davidson,

Donaghy studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art after which he pursued street photography in Philadelphia and New York City using a Leica 35mm camera. His first exhibition Two Young Philadelphians: Don Donaghy & George Krause, was held in 1962.

Donaghy's first publication was a re-creation of this exhibition in the Fall 1962 issue of Contemporary Photographer, titled same as the show.(CP1962)(GK1992)

His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, the New York Public Library, the Hallmark Photographic Collection(George Eastman House database), the Metropolitan Museum of Art(MMA 2008), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art(SFMOMA 2012) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston(MFAH 2008).

The landmark exhibition and publication The New York School, Photographs 1936-63, by Jane Livingston, ISBN 978-1-55670-239-6 also includes a selection of Donaghy's photographs. Donaghy is featured in "The Last Photographic Heroes: American Photographers of the Sixties and Seventies", by Gilles Mora, ISBN 978-0-8109-9374-7.

In addition to photography, Donaghy worked as a film editor and a cameraman. While living in Boulder, CO he was also a construction foreman who was beloved for his sense of humor. Leonard Donald Donaghy died July 23, 2008.



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