Morris Engel was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1918. He joined the Photo League in 1936, where he met Aaron Siskind and Paul Strand who became his mentors. Engel became a staff photographer at the newspaper PM and was a member of Combat Photo Unit 8 that landed on Normandy on D-Day. He worked for many national magazines, including Ladies Home Journal, McCall’s, and Fortune. Engel’s first film Little Fugitive received international acclaim in 1953. It was nominated for an Academy Award and selected for preservation by the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997. He made several other films, including I Need a Ride to California in 1968, which has never been released and will be shown at MoMA for Engel’s centennial in 2018. (Photo shot in New York, NY, USA, 1947.)


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