American, born Germany, 1905-1998
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Trained as a painter, John Gutmann turned to photography in the early 1930s. He left Germany in 1933 as the National Socialists rose to power, relocating to San Francisco where he photographed scenes of the western United States for the European press. He continued to photograph for various press agencies for many years, and taught college-level photography courses from 1937 until 1973. A major traveling retrospective of his work was exhibited at LACMA, SFMoMA, and MoMA in the late 1980s. His work is held in major collections throughout the United States.