“A new exhibition looks at rare color photographs of documentary photographer Ida Wyman made on the streets of New York in the 1940s.
American photographer Ida Wyman (1926–2019) achieved her every dream except one — the opportunity to publish her illustrated memoir Girl Photographer: From the Bronx to Hollywood and Back before she died. Though Wyman was humble, she never lacked for confidence or nerve, becoming one of the few women photographers working for Look and Life magazines in the 1940s.
As with many things, Wyman was ahead of the times. ‘She never wanted to be the most famous,’ says Heather Garrison, her granddaughter and executor of the Ida Wyman Estate. ‘I think in her later years she finally understood how important her journey was as a woman in a male dominated industry. She took meticulous notes and records, and had her archive well organized. She wanted to put it all into one piece.’”