Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lida Moser, Famed Photographer, Dies at 93

"Lida Moser, a photographer who trained her camera on faces and scenes that reflected life as it was experienced in New York and elsewhere during the second half of the 20th century, died Aug. 11 at a nursing facility in Rockville, Md. She was 93.

Ms. Moser was the daughter of Jewish immigrants from Russia and began her decades-long career in New York City in the late 1940s.

She became a photographer for Look magazine and Vogue, among other showcases for photography, wrote the ‘‘Camera’’ column for The New York Times in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and published several books on her art form.

‘When I became a photographer,’ she wrote in a letter to Washington City Paper, ‘I was determined to use photography as a magic key into as many aspects of life as I possibly could.’

Ms. Moser was particularly known for her photography of her home town, the place that she called ‘dirty, wild, noisy, criminal New York.’ She trained as an assistant to Berenice Abbott, the trailblazing modernist photographer, and was inspired by her collection of images by Eugene Atget, the French photographer known for his perceptive documentation of Parisian life." - Emily Langer for the Boston Globe

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