Wrocław, German Empire (now Poland)
|Died||June 12, 1998
San Francisco, United States
|Resting place||San Francisco, United States|
|Education||Breslau and Berlin, with Otto Mueller|
|Known for||Painting, Photography|
After fleeing Nazi Germany for being a Jew, Gutmann acquired a job in the United States as a photographer for various German magazines. Gutmann quickly took an interest in the American way of life and sought to capture it through the lens of his camera. He especially took an interest in the Jazz music scene. Gutmann is recognized for his unique "worm's-eye view" camera angle.
He enjoyed taking photos of ordinary things and making them seem special.
He created the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award, through the San Francisco Foundation.
Public collections (selection)
- Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
- Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa
- Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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