1919 - 1959 · United States
Dan Weiner (1919-1959) was born and raised in New York City. He studied at the Art Students League in 1937 and at Pratt Institute from 1939 to 1940. He assisted commercial photographer Valentino Sarra from 1940-1942 and simultaneously joined the Photo League. During World War II, he served as an air force photographer and in 1946 returned to New York to establish a commercial studio. Switching to photojournalism in 1949, Weiner traveled to Eastern Europe, to the American South and to South Africa. His photographs appeared in important publications including Fortune, Collier’s, This Week, Life, and Look. He had his first one-man show in 1953 at the Camera Club of New York, which later traveled around the country. In 1956 Weiner covered the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott for Collier’s. His photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights struggle in Montgomery are among the most iconic and effective records of those dramatic events. In 1967, his work was included in the seminal 1967 exhibition and catalogue The Concerned Photographer, curated by Cornell Capa, alongside Robert Capa, Werner Bischof, David Seymour, Leonard Freed and André Kertész.
Weiner’s work has been exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Musée de l’Elysée, New York Public Library, International Center of Photography and the Bronx Museum of Art. Weiner’s work in included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, International Center of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Monographs of Weiner’s work include Dan Weiner, 1919-1959 and America Worked: The 1950s Photographs of Dan Weiner. His photographs are included in The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History, 1954-68; Photography of the Fifties: An American Perspective; The Consolidated Freightways, Inc. Collection; and American Images: Photography 1945-1980.