Nov 14, 2013
Nov 14, 2013

Boxers over New York

Boxers over New York

early 1920s

Erwin Blumenfeld

(American, 1897–1969)

Gelatin silver printof photomechanical reproductions, collage

Image: 19.4 x 24.4 cm (7 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.); Mounted: 21 x 26.2 cm (8 1/4 x 10 5/16 in.); Paper: 20.3 x 25.2 cm (8 x 9 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.34



Blumenfeld cut out stock press photographs of the 1910 championship fight between Jim Jeffries and Jack Johnson—who became the first African American world heavyweight champion in 1908—and glued them to an aerial photograph of Manhattan, probably taken as part of the first zeppelin flight from Germany to the United States in 1924. Much of Blumenfeld’s photographic work in the 1920s addressed racial and social injustice.

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