Pista : the many faces of Stephen Deutch

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1979
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

1 film, I videocassette, and 1 VHS videocassette documenting the life and work of Chicago photographer Stephen Deutch, made by his daughter Katherine Deutch Tatlock. The film recounts Deutch's childhood in Budapest (Hungary), his immigration to Chicago to escape the Nazis, and his activities after his arrival in Chicago. The film also includes scenes with Deutch's wife, Helena, as well as family and friends such as Studs Terkel, Herman Kogan, and Nelson Algren. VHS videocassette serves as viewing copy for research use.

Biographical Historical Note

Stephen Deutch was a commercial photographer who had an eminent parallel career in editorial and artistic photographic work. He was also a noted sculptor. Deutch grew up in Budapest, Hungary, and studied woodcarving and sculpture there. He subsequently learned the art and profession of photography by working with his wife, Helene Deutch, an established photographer in Paris in the early 1930s. They did commercial, portrait and fashion photography in a studio there before coming to Chicago in 1936. Beginning with Cornet magazine, based in Chicago, Deutch did work for many other magazines and for newspapers, as well as for major department stores and advertising agencies. After closing his studio in 1983, he returned to his first passion, sculpture.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Stephen Deutch papers, Stephen Deutch Photograph Collection, part 1 and part 2, Chicago History Museum.