May 23, 1949:
The Brooklyn Museum will open to the public tomorrow (May 24) an exhibition of about 40 photographs by Walter Rosenblum. The exhibition will be held in the Museum’s Photographic Gallery on the second floor and will remain on view through June 26.
Mr. Rosenblum’s work often shows his serious interest in social problems, chiefly on New York’s Lower East Side where he was born. He has recorded many scenes with great skill and simplicity, often catching the spirit of the district in candid shots of such subjects as “Block Party 1943”, “Children Playing”, etc. His experiences are always forcefully communicated with natural freshness and understanding, and always with technical facility and a keen sense of composition. Photographs of the battlefront in France, Spanish refugee children at Marseilles, and other subjects round out the exhibit.
Mr. Rosenblum was born in New York City in 1919 on the Lower East Side. He has been connected with Eliot Elisofon of Life Magazine, Survey Graphic Magazine, Mademoiselle, and the Food for Victory drive of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
From 1943-45 he was photographer for the Army in the European theatre and participated in the landing at Normandy on D-day. He was the first photographer to enter Munich and Dachau. He received the following decorations: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Presidential citation, Purple Heart, Arrowhead Award, ETO ribbon with four battle stars, Good Conduct medal, and the Victory ribbon.
He was one of the six photographers in the Museum of Modern Art exhibition “New Workers” in 1943 and is represented in their permanent collection.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 04-06/1949, 056.
Summer approximately 1949:
The exhibition of photographs by Walter Rosenblum scheduled to close on June 26 has been extended and will remain on view in the Photographic Gallery through July 13.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 07-09/1949, 077.