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Andreas Feininger miscellaneous acquisitions collection

Identifier: AG 205

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection are organized into three subgroups.

Subgroup 1 consists of photocopies of press clippings for a 1999 exhibition featuring Feininger’s photography held by the Altonaer Museum (Norddeutsches Landesmuseum) in Hamburg, Germany, and organized by the Institut für Kulturaustausch.

Subgroup 2 contains eight softbound notebooks of childhood artwork and writing belonging to Andreas Feininger.

Subgroup 3 includes loose sheets of Feininger’s childhood artwork.


  • 1913-1999


Language of Materials

Material in German English

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Unless otherwise noted, photocopying of personal correspondence and original manuscripts is not allowed without permission from the author.

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

Andreas Feininger was born on December 27, 1906 in Paris, France to German mother Julia Berg and American father Lyonel Feininger. The Feininger family moved to Berlin in 1908 and later Weimar in 1919, where Feininger apprenticed as a cabinetmaker at the Bauhaus from 1922 to 1925. Feininger studied architecture at Staatliche Bauschule Weimar and then at Anhaltische Bauschule in Zerbst, Germany, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1928. While studying architecture, Feininger developed an interest in photography, installing a darkroom to experiment in in his family’s cellar in 1927. Feininger worked as an architect in Dessau and Hamburg from 1929 to 1931; he also practiced his photography during those years, selling his first photographs through the Dephot agency to German newspapers and magazines. Feininger moved to Paris in 1931 to work as an architect for Le Corbusier, but lost his work permit soon after and moved to Stockholm in 1933. Feininger married Gertrud Hägg in 1934 and they welcomed their first son, Tomas, in 1935.

Due to political interferences at the time, the family immigrated to the United States in 1939, where they settled in New York. Feininger worked as a freelance photographer for Black Star agency in 1940 and 1941, and then worked for a short time at the United States Office of War Information from 1941 to 1942; Feininger was offered a full-time photographer position with Life magazine in 1943, where he worked until 1962. He had his first one-man exhibition called The Anatomy of Nature at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in 1957, continuously featured in one-man and group exhibitions throughout his career and beyond. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Feininger traveled both nationally and internationally to compile photographs for multiple publications, including the books Man and Stone and Trees.

During his lifetime, Feininger produced over fifty books, wrote columns for Popular Photography and Modern Photography, and completed 346 assignments for Life. Feininger had a number of exhibitions throughout the United States and Germany and won several awards, including the Robert Leavitt Award from the American Society of Media Photographers in 1966 and the Infinity Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography in 1991. Feininger retired due to health issues in 1988, and died at the age of 92 in New York City in February 1999.


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Miscellaneous materials documenting the life and career of Andreas Feininger (1906-1999), photographer. The collection is active.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Subgroup 1, 1999, 1 box
  2. Subgroup 2, 1913-1918, 1 box
  3. Subgroup 3, n.d., 1 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this collection were acquired from a wide variety of different sources. This is an artificial collection, compiled to document the career of Feininger from a variety of perspectives.

Materials in Subgroup 1 were a gift of Tomas Feininger, 2004. Materials in Subgroup 3 were a gift of an anonymous donor, 2013.

Related Materials

AG 53: Andreas Feininger archive.

Processing Information

Finding aid was updated by Tai Huesgen in 2019 and in 2020.

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Repository Details

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