Morris Engel (American, 1918-2005); New York, East Side;
Lot 68
Morris Engel
(American, 1918-2005)
New York, East Side
Sold for US$ 3,750 inc. premium

100 Photographs

6 Apr 2018, 16:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
Morris Engel (American, 1918-2005)
New York, East Side, 1940s
Gelatin silver print, flush-mounted, signed in ink, titled, dated in pencil and credit stamp on the flush-mount verso.
image/flush-mount 12 1/2 x 10 1/4in (31.8 x 26cm)

Footnotes

  • On April 8, 2018 my father Morris Engel would have been 100! He lived a long life, but passed away in 2005 at 86. He was able to see the success and accolades bestowed on his films and photographs. He had only 5 solo exhibitions but was included in many group exhibitions, and is in institutional collections throughout the US and the world.

    Engel was an early member of The Photo League and a staff photographer on PM, one of the first newspapers to give photographers credit. In The Photo League he worked on the Harlem Document and Park Avenue project. He was a natural photographing children, with a wonderful series of kids reading comics and a picture story on Fred the shoeshine boy. He was known for his photographs of children in natural settings always with a candid approach, like this vintage print of kids posing for his camera between their games on the streets of New York's Lower East Side. His photographs of children are some of his strongest. He continued this focus with his films that also featured children, with Joey in Little Fugitive and Peggy in Lovers and Lollipops.

    On staff with him at PM was Weegee and Arthur Leipzig. He formed an early friendship with Bernice Abbott with whom he stayed friends throughout his life. Paul Strand was an early influence, and Engel was able to film some scenes on Strand's film Native Land. This was a huge accomplishment for Engel, as he was only 21 at the time. Paul Strand wrote the introduction for Engel's first show at The New School in 1939. Engel achieved renown in both the photography and film industry, but the films brought him more commercial success and fame.

    Engel was proud of the incredible success of his first film Little Fugitive that he made in 1952 with his wife, my mother Ruth Orkin. Some of the many highlights included a nomination for an Academy Award and winning the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. What he didn't experience was the 60th Anniversary of the film at the Film Forum in 2013. Rich Andrusco the star of the film flew in from the West Coast, and was able to experience and meet many of the fans who attended screenings of the film. Engel also didn't know that his son-in-law Darryl Zudeck and grandson Zac (who was 4 1/2 when Morris died) would attend the Venice Film Festival in 2013 for the 60th Anniversary in his and Ruth's honor. His last film I Need a Ride to California (1968) was never released, but was recently restored by the Museum of Modern Art and will be shown there next year.
    MARY ENGEL (Director, Orkin/Engel Archive, New York)
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armour, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $250,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $250,001 to $4,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12.5% on the excess over $4,000,001 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Laura Paterson
    Specialist - Photographs
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1653
Similar Items