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Larry Silver
American, b. 1934
Larry Silver was born in the Bronx in 1934, and has called Westport, Connecticut his home since 1973. Silver began photographing while attending High School of Industrial Art, now High School of Art and Design, in Manhattan. During his senior year, he submitted his portfolio to the Scholastic-Ansco Photography Awards and won a full scholarship to the Art Center School, now the Art Center College of Design, in Los Angeles. While on the West Coast, Silver photographed beachgoers, gymnasts, and bodybuilders at Santa Monica Beach, which resulted in his acclaimed series “Muscle Beach.” When he was in high school and photographing in the city’s boroughs, Silver met many members of the prestigious and progressive Photo League, a collaborative group of documentary photographers, including Lou Bernstein, Louis Stettner, and W. Eugene Smith. A few years after graduating college, he returned to New York and opened his advertising studio in 1960. For many decades, Silver had a robust and successful career in commercial photography and maintained a personal darkroom, as he feels that creating a print is as important as taking a picture. In between photographing for clients, he also taught studio photography at the School of Visual Arts and took film classes at New York University. Silver’s work is held in prestigious private, corporate, and public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, Fogg Museum at Harvard Art Museums, George Eastman Museum, International Center of Photography, Jewish Museum; J. Paul Getty Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Whitney Museum of American Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. He is represented by the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York, where he has had four solo shows and was recently included in their 20th anniversary exhibition. In 2006, Silver received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Visual Arts from the Westport Arts Advisory Committee. More information and work can be found at

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