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The Burt Glinn Collection

"I think that what you've got to do is discover the essential truth of the situation, and have a point of view about it." Burt Glinn

The Burt Glinn Collection is comprised of images that defined the photographer’s career, in fine prints and posters, as well as recent publications. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Burt Glinn served in the United States Army between 1943 and 1946, before studying literature at Harvard University, where he edited and photographed for the Harvard Crimson college newspaper. Glinn became an associate member of Magnum in 1951, along with Eve Arnold and Dennis Stock–the first Americans to join the young photo agency–and a full member in 1954. 

The late 1950s were particularly important years for Glinn, whose work from this time included the desegregation of Little Rock High, Nikita Khrushchev in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to New York, as well as profiles of Sammy Davis Jr., Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn. Glinn was one of few photographers granted access to Fidel Castro’s inner circle; his images are indispensable to understanding this momentous time in Cuba’s history. 

Glinn often relied on his own impetus rather than an assignment to pursue a story, a habit he employed to not only capture historical revolutions, but also cultural ones. Over the course of his career his work was featured in numerous magazines including EsquireGeoTravel and LeisureFortuneLife and Paris-Match. The latest publication of Glinn’s work, The Beat Scene (Reel Art Press, 2018) includes images that have never been seen before, a surprising number of which are in color.

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