Stephen Deutch Photograph collection part 2

Inclusive Dates: 
1932–1970
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

Stephen Deutch photograph collection, part 2, circa 1932–1970 consists of circa 1378 photoprints, 3436 contact proof prints, 7374 negatives, 300 tear sheets, 608 color transparencies and a portfolio forming part of the photographic archive of professional photographer and Chicagoa Stephen Deutch. The collection consists primarily of images for advertising assignments, photographic essays (some of which formed exhibitions) and travel photographs. Advertising work includes a few early jobs in Paris (1932–1936), but is primarily mature work for Chicago area manufacturers, retail businesses, and publications. The collection contains a few portraits of Chicago and national personalities, a series of nude studies, and work using experimental photographic techniques.

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. He studied woodcarving and sculpture in Budapest and 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 collection: Pista: the many faces of Stephen Deutch, Chicago History Museum.