The New School Archives Digital Collections

Arnold Eagle photographs 1938 – 1962

Collection, NA000401

About

Arnold Eagle (1909-1992) immigrated to New York from Hungary in 1929. He became a documentary photographer in the 1930s and, in 1945, joined a remarkable roster of photographers hired by Standard Oil of New Jersey to produce a visual record of the benefits of oil in the lives of everyday Americans, and, in the process, creating an extensive photographic record of American life during the 1940s. Later, Eagle's work encompassed subjects ranging from modern dance to corporate workplaces. He also became enamored of filmmaking and worked as a cinematographer and director. In 1955, Eagle joined the faculty of the New School for Social Research, where he taught photography and filmmaking until shortly before his death. The collection consists of black and white photographic prints produced by Eagle, primarily from the 1940s and 1950s. The photographs predominantly document landscapes, human labor and machinery at industrial and agricultural sites around the United States, Mexico and Cuba. Industries represented include cabinetry, mining, and mattresses; agricultural operations include sugar cane production.


Collection Guide

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