Jackson and Lee, August 1953
Photographs by Tony Vaccaro

July 29–October 30, 2010

In August 1953, on assignment for Look magazine, the photographer Tony Vaccaro visited Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner at their home in Springs. He photographed the two artists in the house and the barn studio, where the couple chatted with neighbors and Pollock discussed his paintings in progress. The Look article was never published, and color film from the photo shoot that was turned over to the magazine’s editor has been lost. Fortunately Vaccaro kept the black and white film, from which the prints in this exhibition are taken. Few of them have been published, and many have never before been printed. They complement the small selection on view in the permanent exhibition inside the Pollock-Krasner studio.

There will be a reception and gallery talk by Tony Vaccaro on Sunday, August 1 at 5:00 pm. Although his pictures have appeared in publications worldwide for more than 60 years, he is primarily known for his images of World War II. While serving in the US Army’s 83rd Infantry Division in Europe, he became an official photographer for the division's newspaper. After the war, he worked first as a photographer for the US authorities and later for Stars and Stripes. He continued to document post-war life in Europe until 1949, when he returned to the United States and began working for Life, Look and Flair magazines, photographing many prominent figures in politics, business and the arts. A book of his wartime photographs, Entering Germany: Photographs 1944-1949, was published in 2001.


Tony Vaccaro

Tony Vaccaro

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock in his studio
1953, Photo by Tony Vaccaro. Silver gelatin print.

pollock studio

Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, and neighbor Sam Duboff in Pollock's studio

August 1953. Photo by Tony Vaccaro