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    Original 1939 Peter Sekaer Photograph Signed by His Widow. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1901, Sekaer came to New York in 1918 to seek opportunity. After working as a master sign painter, he became interested in photography through Ben Shahn, who later introduced him to Walker Evans. Sekaer dedicated himself to photography alone after 1933. In the late 1930s, he worked on assignment for the U.S. Housing Authority, documenting slums in 20 American cities that had accepted federal funds to build public housing. Though Sekaer called himself a photographer, the drama, strength, and simple humanity shown in his photographs, along with their technical excellence, make him an artist by most any definition. Sekaer died of a heart attack at age 49 in 1950. Here is an original 7" x 6" gelatin silver print signed on the verso by his widow, Elisabeth Sekaer Rothschild. The untitled image was taken in Canton, Mississippi, circa 1939, and shows a young black girl peeking out the window of, apparently, a rustic old restaurant that serves coffee and catfish. Matted in museum board to an overall size of 17" x 14". Very fine condition.

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    December, 2005
    15th-16th Thursday-Friday
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