American, 1906 - 1999
Andreas Feininger, the eldest son of painter Lyonel Feininger, studied architecture at the Bauhaus in Germany, where his father taught. He began using a camera as a reference aide in creating his building designs. After immigrating to New York in 1939, Feininger began a twenty-year career as a photo editor for LIFE magazine, where he completed more than 430 assignments. In his own work, he captured images of urban canyons, skyscrapers, bridges, and elevated railways in concentrated, atmospheric photographs that were as much a paean to post-World War II Manhattan as they were to Bauhaus principles of order, clarity, and geometric precision.
Feininger's photographs are in many important collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Baltimore Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the International Center of Photography, New York.