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In Memoriam : Lawrence Schwartzwald (1953-2021)


Lawrence Schwartzwald passed away last week. Through the years we published his work several times. Today, here is a portfolio made of excerpts from various body of works, from his shots John Kennedy, Jr. to the Reading Series along with his Streets of Gold.

We received the following message from Susan May Tell :

Dear Jean-Jacques,

Devastating News! Photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald succumbed last week to heart problems (reports his sister, Myra Strauss). A wonderful human being and photographer extraordinaire. The photography community is reeling. As are the poets, writers, reporters, editors and book lovers whose lives he touched.

He was working on the publication of his second book, Lost in the Stacks, of photographs taken at The Strand, the legendary Manhattan bookstore. As Abigail Deutsch* wrote in its introduction, it is “a photographic ode to the book lovers who have populated the aisles of the Strand since its founding in 1927.” Further on she wrote “At other moments, Schwartzwald’s subjects seem impossibly well-matched to the books around them, almost like characters out of their pages.”

L’Oeil has published Larry’s photographs on several occasions, including some from his first book, The Art of Reading, (Steidl, 2018).

Sorry to bring you such sad news.

Susan May Tell


*Abigail Deutsch is “a writer, editor, and educator whose work appears in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street JournalPoetry, the Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Chroniclen+1Bookforum, and other publications.”


More of his work can be seen on his website:

Link to a quick search of the archives of  L’Oeil de la Photographie for Lawrence Schwartzwald –

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