John Gutmann

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John Gutmann
Born 1905
Wrocław, German Empire (now Poland)
Died June 12, 1998
San Francisco, United States
Resting place San Francisco, United States
Nationality German
Education Breslau and Berlin, with Otto Mueller
Known for Painting, Photography
Movement American realism

John Gutmann (1905 – June 12, 1998) was a German-born American photographer and painter.

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.[citation needed]

He created the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award, through the San Francisco Foundation.

The full archive of John Gutmann's work is located at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona in Tucson, which also manages the copyright of his work.[1]

Public collections (selection)[edit]


  1. ^ "Conditions for Publication of Photographs by John Gutmann" (PDF file)
  2. ^ Collection Rijksmuseum