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Paul Himmel

Born: 1914 in New Haven, Connecticut

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Himmel Paul  - Ballet Swan Lake
Himmel Paul - Ballet Swan Lake

Himmel Paul  - Falling Snow, Boy in Window,
Himmel Paul - Falling Snow, Boy in Window, 'Family of Man', 1949

Himmel Paul  - Woman on Dune, 1949
Himmel Paul - Woman on Dune, 1949

Himmel Paul  - Ballet Sylvia
Himmel Paul - Ballet Sylvia 'Pas de Deux', 1952

Himmel Paul  - Brooklyn Bridge View, 1943
Himmel Paul - Brooklyn Bridge View, 1943

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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.
1931
Starts teaching himself photography
1932
Finishes his degree in Science and starts teaching
1935
Marries Lillian Bassman
1939
Undertakes trip to Mexico with Lillian. The resulting pictures are shown in the exhibition along the ‘Pan American Highway’
1945
Starts working as a professional photographer
1946
Starts studying at the New School under Brodovitch and enrols in graphic journalism
1947
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.
1950
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
1953
Exhibition of his dance images at the Asia House in New York
1954
His book ‘ballet in action’ is released with an extensive foreword by George Balanchine, choreographer of the New City Ballet.
1955
Edward Steichen curates the famous exhibition ‘the Family of man’. For MOMA, NY. Paul Himmel’s images are included
1956
Paul and Lillian move to their new studio an old carriage house where they still live today.
1969
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
1996
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.
2003
Keith de Lellis Gallery, New York
2003
“Lillian Bassman and Paul Himmel – the artists couple”, Gallery f5.6, Munich Germany, their work is shown in dialogue for the first time ever.



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