Max Hirshfeld, Portraits

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I grew up in a house full of books and music to parents who survived Auschwitz and settled in small town Alabama.

My father, a child prodigy who played with The Warsaw Philharmonic at the age of nine, pushed me to embrace the arts with a curiosity born from generations of rigorous intellectual and artistic pursuits. After five years as a staff photographer with The Smithsonian Institution and a career-altering week at The University of Missouri photojournalism workshop in 1978 I opened a studio in Washington shooting for a range of advertising, design and editorial clients.

In 1993 I accompanied my mother on her first return to Poland in forty-six years and photographed her attempt at closure. This rare gift gave me a fresh appreciation for the power of photography adding a new dimension to my work: a strong respect for the great traditions of documentary photography wedded to a love of humanity. Years of practice in the analog world is now meshed with a loving embrace of digital technologies and keeps me thrilled to be shooting what I love.

CLIENTS AARP, Amtrak, APCO Worldwide, Arnold Worldwide, Bank of America, Canon, CareFirst, Design Army, GKV, GQ, IBM, IKEA, Intel, Liska + Associates, Loral Skynet, McCann Worldgroup, Merrill Lynch, Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, Pentagram, People, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, US Airways, US Mint, US Navy, USA Weekend REPRESENTATION Fotografenwerk, Dusseldorf Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington Oliver Gordon Gallery, Toronto RECOGNITION American Photography 2006, 2009 B+W Spider Awards 2011 Creativity 23, 28 Communication Arts 2002, 2013 Eyemazing 2006 PDN Photo Annual 2002, 2004 PhotoLucida—Critical Mass 2008 PX3—Prix de la Photographie Paris 2011