Lucy Ashjian and the Photo League

Lucy Ashjian and the Photo League

MCNY Blog: New York Stories

MN169402 Lucy Ashjian, Untitled [Bowery Bank], ca. 1936-1943. Museum of the City of New York, 2015.15.2 The name Vivian Maier is well known today – a talented photographer recently plucked from anonymity and brought to the attention of the wider world. Few, however, know Lucy Ashjian, another talented photographer who held a prominent place in the world of New York photography in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Lucy Ashjian was born in 1907 in Indianapolis to Armenian refugee parents who fled from the Ottoman Turks. Ashjian grew up watching the rise of fascism throughout Europe and reading about the Armenian genocide. Perhaps as a result of Lenin’s intervention on behalf of the Armenians, she became a staunch communist. After graduating with an English degree from Butler University in 1927, she returned home and met her eventual husband Charles Smith Preston, and the pair moved to New York soon after he…

View original post 521 more words

Published by All about the digital world

We talk about preservation, digitization, archiving of family photos and family history. Photo scanning and digitization. And everything in between!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: