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N. Jay Jaffee (American, 1921-1999)
Woman and Girl in IRT Train, 1951
Photograph, silenium-toned silver, 6-3/8 x 6-7/8 in.
Signed in pencil at lower right margin: N Jay Jaffee. Inscribed in pencil, verso: 2/5 AP N Jay Jaffee / SELENIUM TONED - PRINTED 1979 / NEGATIVE UNAVAILABLE / WOMAN + GIRL IN IRT TRAIN (SUBWAY) / nyc - 1951 / 2/5 AP N JAY JAFFEE.
Gift of Paula W. Hackeling.  2004.15.1




About This Work

The work of N. Jay Jaffee is rooted in social consciousness. Having taken up photography as a hobby upon returning from service in WWII, Jaffee documented 1950s life in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, often highlighting the individual's loneliness and isolation within society. In 1950, Edward Steichen, then director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art, purchased three of Jaffee's photographs for the museum's collection and he included Jaffee in the exhibition 51 American Photographers, which focused on new talent. In 1985, Jaffee left New York City, moving to Lloyd Harbor on Long Island. His later work focused on nature, a subject he had briefly explored in the late 1940s in rural Brooklyn.


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