May Mirin

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May Mirin (1900-1997) was an American photographer who documented life in Mexico.

Biography[edit]

May Mirin was born in New York in 1900. She first visited Mexico in 1937, then returned to the country frequently for long periods until the 1980s.[1] There she produced documentary and travel series,[2] contemporaneously with fellow Americans Jasper Wood, Wayne Miller and Canadian Reva Brooks,[3] at a time when pictures by few significant Mexican-born photographers, other than those by Lola and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, were known outside the country.[1]

Mirin's images and writing featured in popular mid-century American photography magazines.[4][5]

Recognition[edit]

In 1955, one of her photographs of a candlelit religious devotion in Mexico[6] was chosen by Edward Steichen for the exhibition The Family of Man that he curated for MoMA, and which toured the world and was seen by over 9 million visitors.[7] She was among the numbers of its participating photographers remembered by Helen Gee as frequenting her Limelight gallery, New York City's first important post-war photography gallery (1954-1961).[8]

Later life[edit]

During the 1970s she took up painting and volunteered for the American Museum of Natural History.[9]

Collections[edit]

Examples of May Mirin's photographic work are held in the permanent collections of the Museum Folkwang in Essen, MoMA and Clerveaux Castle, Luxembourg.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rodríguez, José Antonio (2012), Fotó-grafas en México, 1872-1960, Turner, ISBN 978-84-939478-5-9
  2. ^ Travel and Camera, Volume 16 U.S. Camera Publishing Corporation, 1953, p.58
  3. ^ Hopkinson, A. (2001). 'Mediated Worlds': Latin American Photography. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 20(4), 527.
  4. ^ May Mirin "Poetry with a Camera" Classic Photography #5 (Autumn 1957)
  5. ^ Photographers Showplace, v.1, n.2, Dec 1956.
  6. ^ Córdova, Carlos A. “Steichen: Retratos de familia”. Luna Córnea. 23 (2002): 130-137
  7. ^ Steichen, Edward; Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973, (organizer.); Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967, (writer of foreword.); Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997, (writer of added text.); Lionni, Leo, 1910-1999, (book designer.); Mason, Jerry, (editor.); Stoller, Ezra, (photographer.); Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) (1955), The family of man : the photographic exhibition, Published for the Museum of Modern Art by Simon and Schuster in collaboration with the Maco Magazine CorporationCS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ ”I was so happy so many were coming around, some in fact making Limelight their ‘home’; Arthur Lavine, Lew Parrella, Leon Levinstein, May Mirin, Louis Stettner, David Vestal, Hella Hammid, Simpson Kalisher, Morris Jaffe…” Helen Gee (1997) Limelight: a Greenwich Village Photography Gallery and Coffeehouse in the Fifties: A Memoir. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico. ISBN 978-0826318176.
  9. ^ mentioned in American Museum of Natural History in-house magazine Grapevine Vol XXIX, No.3 as “May Mirin-photographer of merit and Sunday painter”