“From the first time I laid eyes on a handful of Artway’s photographs I was possessed with the desire to see them all – the sooner the better - and I knew that I had to tell Artway’s story.”
Alexander Artway was a 19 year-old Russian immigrant arriving at Ellis Island in 1922. The story of his journey from the battlefields of the Russian Revolution to New York is extraordinary. Between 1922 and 1940 Artway became an American citizen, owned a diner in NYC, joined the Merchant Marines sailing around the world many times. Artway studied at NYU taking a degree in Architecture. Artway also traveled back to Stalinist Russia four times to visit his Mother and Sisters still living there.
Through out his life and during all of his travels Artway made photographs. He left a collection of thousands of photographic prints and negatives of iconic images of Manhattan to earthy illustrations of his Russian family working the land.
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