“...the capitalist class knows that there are certain things that it cannot afford to have shown. It is afraid of some pictures ...”
Sam Brody in The Daily Worker, May, 1930
This site is the only authorized archive of Brody's films, photographs and writings. It includes interviews and material related to the depression-era left-wing movement, as well as material on his time with Neel.
Filmmaker Sam Brody was a founding member of the Workers Film and Photo League, an independent organization founded in 1931 to produce and present films documenting the Great Depression from a Marxist perspective. He is also known for his work as a photographer and film critic, and for his relationship with renown New York City painter Alice Neel.
Sam Brody talks with Tom Brandon about the Workers Film and Photo League
In 1943, when the WPA ceased operation, the Municipal Archives acquired the manuscript records of the NYC Unit of the Federal Writers' Project, including the photographs assembled to illustrate their publications; most notably the Guide to New York City and New York Panorama.
In 2018 the NYC Department of Records and Information Services held an exhibition of some of the 5,000 photographs in their collection in which Brody’s photographs were featured alongside those of Dorothea Lange and Berenice Abbott. This fascinating blog posting about a forgotten part of New York City history on the Dept. website, includes other Sam Brody images.
All of Sam Brody's photographs are published courtesy of the Sam Brody Estate and cannot be used without permission.
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