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Born in Kovno, Lithuania, in September 1898; died in New York City in March 1969
Created art which focused on social and political consciousness; drawing attention to those for whom life was a struggle
His talent was recognized early and by the age of 19 he became a professional lithographer.
Studied at the Educational Alliance, New York University, the College of the City of New York, and the National Academy of Design.
Pursued his art career full-time and in 1934 one of his photos was published in New Theatre magazine; in 1947 a collection of his works was displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Appreciation for his work came from many individuals as well as religious, corporate and government sources.
Artwork by Ben Shahn
The Paris Review
by Ben Shahn
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