Gutmann, John

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Gutmann, John Gender: M
born on 28 May 1905 at 20:15 (= 8:15 PM )
Place Breslau, Germany, 51n0654, 17e0212
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 06°45' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 06°05 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 12°22'


German-born American photographer and painter whose main subject matter was the American way of life, especially the Jazz music scene. Gutmann is recognized for his unique "worm's-eye view" camera angle.

Being Jewish, he was unable to exhibit his paintings or get a job teaching in Nazi Germany, and so he emigrated to the United States, arriving in San Francisco in late 1933.

After arriving in San Francisco, one of the first news stories he documented was the 1934 West Coast waterfront strike. His work on other stories was later published in popular contemporary newsmagazines such as Time, Look, and The Saturday Evening Post. Some of his photographs of the Golden Gate International Exposition were published in Life in 1939. At the same time, he started teaching at San Francisco State College in 1936 and founded the photography department there in 1946.

He died on 12 June 1998, aged 93, in San Francisco.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry.


  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (German emigrant to USA)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 93)
  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)
  • Vocation : Art : Photography
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Worm's-eye view" camera angle)