Paul Himmel was born 1914 in New Haven. His parents were emigrants form Ukraine. 1922 the Himmel family move to Coney Island and open America’s first vegetarian restaurant. Summer 1923 Paul meets Lillian Bassman for the first time, in 1935 they are married.
Starts teaching himself photography
Finishes his degree in Science and starts teaching
Marries Lillian Bassman
Undertakes trip to Mexico with Lillian. The resulting pictures are shown in the exhibition along the ‘Pan American Highway’
Starts working as a professional photographer
Starts studying at the New School under Brodovitch and enrols in graphic journalism
Starts his first fashion shootings for Harper’s Bazaar under the patronage of Lillian Bassman and also works for Vogue. Soon he is one of the few photographers working for both magazines. All negatives of this time were destroyed.
Disillusioned with the way photography is moving away from journalistic work to commercialism, Himmel works more and more on his own projects. His series on circus, boxers, and ballet start evolving
Exhibition of his dance images at the Asia House in New York
His book ‘ballet in action’ is released with an extensive foreword by George Balanchine, choreographer of the New City Ballet.
Edward Steichen curates the famous exhibition ‘the Family of man’. For MOMA, NY. Paul Himmel’s images are included
Paul and Lillian move to their new studio an old carriage house where they still live today.
Paul Himmel gives up working as a photographer and starts a degree in psychotherapy. For more than twenty-five years he works as a psychotherapist
New York Galleries Howard Greenberg and James Danziger show Paul Himmel’s work after more than 25 years and the shows become an instant success. A book on his work is also released.
Keith de Lellis Gallery, New York
“Lillian Bassman and Paul Himmel – the artists couple”, Gallery f5.6, Munich Germany, their work is shown in dialogue for the first time ever.