Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
1 documents - page 1 of 1

Oral history interview with Fred McDarrah, 1971 June 15-July 15

Interviewee:
McDarrah, Fred W., 1926-2007
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-
Subject:
Littlefield, William Horace
Nelson, Cyril I.
Pavia, Philip
Club (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 75 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hrs., 25 min.
Summary:
An interview of Fred McDarrah conducted 1971 June 15-July 15, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
McDarrah speaks of his early family life and extreme poverty during the Depression period in Brooklyn; family influence; his first photographic efforts in the 1930s; his U.S. Army service; going to photography school at New York University; life in Greenwich Village in the 1940s and 1950s; his involvement with rock and roll music; getting his work into publications; the comparison between the "hippie" and the "beat" cultures; working as a photojournalist for Village Voice; his techniques and equipment; experiences covering public events; his philosophy on photography and its uses. He recalls Bill Littlefield, Philip Pavia, Cyril Nelson, and The Club.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Fred McDarrah, 1971 June 15-July 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Fred McDarrah (1926-2007) was a photographer from New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Interviews
Photographers
Photography
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12601
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212059
AAA_collcode_mcdarr71
Theme:
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

Modify Your Search






or


Narrow By
  • Archival materials
  • Collection descriptions
  • Archival materials
  • Collection descriptions
  • Interviews
  • Photographers
  • Photography
  • Sound recordings
  • Interviews
  • Photographers
  • Photography
  • Sound recordings
  • Club (New York, N.Y.)
  • Cummings, Paul
  • Littlefield, William Horace
  • McDarrah, Fred W.
  • Nelson, Cyril I.
  • Pavia, Philip
  • Club (New York, N.Y.)
  • Cummings, Paul
  • Littlefield, William Horace
  • McDarrah, Fred W.
  • Nelson, Cyril I.
  • Pavia, Philip
  • Archives of American Art