The Paul Outerbridge
papers document the American photographer’s artistic and professional
life from his earliest art studies in 1915 through his varied career
as an innovator in advertising photography, a pioneer in color
photography, and a freelance writer. The archive includes
correspondence, notebooks and diaries, typescripts, drawings and
sketches, business records, scrapbooks, a portfolio, autobiographical
and biographical statements, and intermittent clippings and ephemera.
American photographer Paul Outerbridge (1896-1958) was born in New
York City. He studied anatomy and aesthetics at the Art Students’
League of New York from 1915 to 1917 while working as a theatrical
designer and illustrator, among other jobs. In 1917 he joined the
Canadian Royal Flying Corps. Discharged after a minor crash, Outerbridge
enlisted in the United States Army and gained his first photographic
experience documenting materials and operations for the army at
a lumber camp in Oregon. In 1921 he enrolled at the Clarence H. White
School of Photography, New York, where he studied with White and Max
Weber. Although he did not complete the program at the White School,
Outerbridge demonstrated such proficiency that he was soon invited
to teach there. His first published photograph appeared in Vogue
in 1922, the same year he became acquainted with Alfred Stieglitz and
studied sculpture with Alexander Archipenko.
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