Stuart A. Weiner photographs and papers, circa 1949-1957
42 black-and-white photographic prints
3 color photographic prints
19 35mm color slides
44 120mm color transparencies
2 architectural drawings
1 bound volume
Stuart Weiner was born in New York City in 1915 and graduated from James Monroe High School in 1930. He attended both the City College of New York and New York University before beginning his career in photography. He worked at Abe Cohen's Camera Exchange in Manhattan and was also employed as a movie photographer for the City of New York during the 1930s. He was drafted into the United States Army in the fall of 1941 and served in the Signal Corps. Upon his discharge in 1946, he returned to his position at the New York City Board of Water Supply. Weiner left New York in September of 1949 to become a freelance photographer in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended classes at Arizona State College, where he met artist Eugene Grigsby, who introduced Weiner to architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Weiner was invited several times to photograph Wright, his daughter Iovanna, apprentices and the buildings and grounds at Taliesin West, near Phoenix. Weiner was also closely associated with Arizona architect Paolo Soleri, for whom he took many photographs. Additionally, Weiner was a member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers. Weiner died in 1985.
This collection primarily contains photographic prints, including contact sheets, depicting Frank Lloyd Wright, Iovanna Lloyd Wright, the apprentices, and buildings at Taliesin West in the 1950s, made by Stuart Weiner. Additionally there is a small group of photographs documenting Wright's presentation of his plans for the Arizona State Capitol in April 1957 and another small group of photographs by Weiner documenting Wright's presentation of that same project to students at Phoenix Union High School several days later. Additionally, there is a small group of photographs by Weiner showing the Raymond Carlson residence in Phoenix, Arizona, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950. Also of particular note are two original architectural drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Susan Lawrence Dana residence in Springfield, Illinois, showing a gate and an exterior elevation. Lastly, the collection contains a complete copy of the February 1956 Arizona Highways special issue on Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin West, and a copy of Wright's self-pubilshed "Oasis: plan for Arizona State Capitol submitted by Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect, February 17, 1957."
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