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Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

George Cserna photographs and papers, 1937-1978 

Cserna, George, 1919-2003
Phys. Desc: 
10,260 photographic items; 12 manuscript boxes; 1 manuscript box (1 manuscript boxes of archival papers)
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Biographical Note

George Cserna was a New York based architectural photographer. Cserna was born in Budapest, Hungary on March 14, 1919. He received a degree from Minta Gymnasium in Budapest, and later studied Etruscology at the University of Perugia, Italy, and law at Budapest University. He emigrated to the United States in 1951. In 1958, he began contributing to Architectural Forum. Cserna's work was featured in Progressive Architecture, Architectural Forum, Art in America, and Fortune Magazine. He received the 1970 AIA Architectural Photography Medal. He taught Architectural Photography at the New School in New York City in 1979 and 1980. Some of George Cserna's most notable work includes photographs of the work of Ulrich Franzen; Haines, Lundberg, and Waehler, Victor Lundy, and I. M. Pei. He also photographed many openings and exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art between 1960 and 1975. While working for Doubleday he took book jacket portraits of notable persons including John dos Passos, W.H. Auden, and William Faulkner.