Artists > Somoroff, Ben
Ben Somoroff, born in 1915, was a brilliant commercial still life photographer, renowned for his innovative use of studio lighting. Somoroff was a protégé of the legendary Alexey Brodovitch, the art director of Harper’s Bazaar from 1938-1958 and a distinguished professor of design and photography. Somoroff was a key member of the “Philadelphia School” of photographers including Irving Penn, Louis Faurer, Sol Mednik, Ben Rose, Arnold Newman, and Isadore Possoff, and came to New York City in the 1940s together with the group. He regularly contributed to Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Look, and Esquire. Some of his assignments for Look were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as other prominent museums around the world. In 1979, Somoroff had the great honor of being chosen by US Congress as the first photographer to be commissioned to create the first photographic postage stamp commemorating photography. He died in 1984.