Rudy Burckhardt – New York Moments

Photographs and Films

This volume is a rare collection of photographs taken by photographer Rudy Burckhardt during the 1940s and 50s, featuring street scenes of New York City and portraits of the New York School painters.


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Title Information

Essays by Anita Haldemann and Hannes Schüpbach

1st edition

, 2005


144 pages, 68 duotone and 24 b/w illustrations

20 x 23 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-702-0

In cooperation with Kunstmuseum Basel


When Swiss photographer and filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt (1914–99) first came to New York City in 1935, he was “quite overwhelmed with its grandeur and ceaseless energy.” But New York City and its vibrant cultural life quickly became Burckhardt’s muse, and he made the American metropolis his home for the rest of his life.
Rudy Burckhardt—New York Moments is a rare collection of Burckhardt’s photographs of New York City from the 1940s and 1950s. This stunning volume includes not only street scenes and details of city life—“The tremendous difference in scale between the soaring buildings and the people in the street astonished me,” he wrote—but also the sensitive portraits Burckhardt made for ARTnews of the New York School painters, most notably Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning.
Including photographs, films stills, as well as interpretive essays by Anita Haldemann and Hannes Schüpbach, Rudy Burckhardt—New York Moments is a fitting tribute to the Swiss photographer who most poignantly captured the energy of mid-century New York.


The book was published to coincide with an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel.


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Authors & Editors

Anita Haldemann

Hannes Schüpbach