An influential teacher and activist, Grossman was a founding member of the Photo League, a group of socially minded photographers that used documentary photography to call attention to poverty and injustice in New York. Showing three ragtag kids, two of whom present their modest toys to the photographer, this image exemplifies Grossman’s humanistic artistic vision, which often testified to the endurance and survival of his subjects. Due to his participation in the Communist Party, the U.S. Government blacklisted Grossman and monitored his activities for several years.
Inscription: Inscription in artist hand in ink on mount, verso BL: "Grossman". Partial artist Photo League stamp on mount, verso BL: "ase Credit // ossman - Photo League". Inscription in unknown hand in pencil on mount, verso BC: "PF56971 (MET)".
The artist; [Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York]; Simon Levin, New Jersey
Date per movie poster in background for "Mother Carey's Chickens" starring Anne Shirley.