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Dan Budnik collection

Identifier: AG 70

Scope and Contents

The Dan Budnik archive consists of three series: Activity files, 1966-1989; Proof sheets, 1959; and Publications, 1970-1982.

Series one contains activity files, such as memoirs and correspondence from ASMP dated 1966-1968. The proof sheets of series two includes those from a Magnum assignment regarding Eisenhower, Nixon, and a Russian official at the “Soviet Exhibition of Science, Technology and Culture” in New York City, 1959. Series three contains six publications from 1970-1982.

Since the collection is still active, no folder numbers were assigned. The collection was arranged according to record types, and then in a chronological fashion.


  • 1959-1989


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biographical Note

Dan Budnik was born in 1933 in Mineola, New York on Long Island. He studied painting at the Art Students League in New York City in 1951 until he was drafted into the army in 1953. After his discharge from the army in 1955 Budnik returned to New York City, where he would remain based in until 1976, and bought a Leica IIIf camera at a pawnshop. He began work at Magnum Photos under Cornell Capa in 1957, first at a desk job and later as an assistant and photojournalist. In 1964 Budnik left Magnum to do freelance work on photo essays for publications such as Life, Look, Saturday Evening Post, New York Times Magazine, and more. He focused primarily on issues concerning the arts, human rights, and the environment; throughout his career he photographed the Civil Rights Movement, Native Americans in the Southwest, artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Willem de Kooning, and the Hudson River cleanup efforts. Budnik received the Honor Roll Award of the American Society of Media Photographers in 1998. He passed away in Tucson, Arizona on August 14, 2020.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Activity files, publications, and proof sheets, 1959-1989, of Dan Budnik (1933-2020), photographer. Includes activity files documenting the struggle of the American Society of Magazine Photographers (ASMP) for industry-wide recognition of the photographers’ right to own his own photography; publications with illustrations or articles by Budnik; and proof sheets done for a Magnum assignment regarding a “Soviet Exhibition of Science, Technology and Culture” (1959) in New York City. This collection is still active.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Activity files, 1966-1989, 4 folders
  2. Series 2: Proof sheets, 1959, 8 folders
  3. Series 3: Publications, 1970-1982, 7 folders

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a gift to the Center for Creative Photography from the photographer beginning in 1980.


  • Bosma, Rixt and Dan Budnik. Biography – Dan Budnik (born Long Island, NY, 1933). December 2011. Accessed 24 August 2020.
  • Genzlinger, Neil. Dan Budnik, Who Photographed History, Is Dead at 87. The New York Times, The New York Times Company, 23 August 2020, Accessed 24 August 2020.


  1. Budnik, Dan 1933-2020
  2. Magnum Photos
  3. Photography
  4. Photojournalism

Processing Information

Processed in 1985 by Roger Myers.

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016 and by Tai Huesgen in August 2020.


Dan Budnik archive 1959-1989
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© 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States