Joseph Janney Steinmetz

Few chroniclers of middle-class life in the mid-20th century are as acclaimed as Joseph Janney Steinmetz. The prolific commercial photographer, whose work was published in the Saturday Evening Post, Time, Life, Look and other national magazines, captured Tupperware parties, shuffleboard players, bathing beauties and golfers enjoying leisure time in Sarasota, as well as a famed series of behind-the-scenes photos of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. His vast collection is housed at the State Archives of Florida. This rarely seen photo of Steinmetz, wearing an Amish hat and holding his Speed Graphic camera, ran in Life’s Pictures column in 1940, one year before he moved from Philadelphia to Sarasota. Steinmetz died in Sarasota in 1985. 

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