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Death of David Vestal

Posted By Administration, Sunday, December 8, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Portrait of David Vestal taken by Len Kowitz; Courtesy of Robert Mann GalleryNew York School Photographer is remembered as an artist & educator


Portrait of David Vestal taken by Len Kowitz; Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
New York School photographer, David Vestal was born in Menlo Park, CA in 1924; he passed away this past week at the age of 89. Vestal studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. He became involved in photography during the late 1940s after moving to New York and received two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships in the medium in 1966 and 1973.

Vestal held many professorial positions, and is remembered as an artist and educator. His personal work focused on New York City in all light, and in any condition. Day or night, rain or shine his images contain the poetics of place, its atmosphere and architecture. His work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Vestal taught at such notable institutions as Parsons School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute. He also wrote various essays on photography and published two books on photography and printing: The Craft of Photography (1975) and The Art of Black-and-White Enlarging (1984).

For more information on this artist and his work, please visit Robert Mann Gallery

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