Art Sinsabaugh Photography

Art Sinsabaugh

American (1924-1983)

ART SINSABAUGH, “Chi LA #84”, Chicago, 1964, silver print, printed ca. 1964, 3 5/16” x 19 7/16”

ART SINSABAUGH, “Chi LA #84”, Chicago, 1964, silver print, printed ca. 1964, 3 5/16” x 19 7/16”

Biography | Bibliography

Art Sinsabaugh was born in 1924 in Irvington, New Jersey. He studied photography under László Moholy-Nagy, Harry Callahan, Arthur Siegel, and Wayne Miller at the Institute of Design/IIT, 1946-49, 1964-67; B.A. 1949, M.S. 1967

From 1949 to 1959 he worked part-time as an instructor in Institute of Design and from 1959 to 1983 was an assistant professor in the University of Illinois until he died in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 to 1973 he worked for the Center for Advanced Studies and University of Illinois where he was an associate member.

He was one of the founders of the Society for Photographic Education. In 1966 he was awarded Illinois Arts Council Award and Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Award. In 1969 he became a fellow in Guggenheim and by 1977 became a fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts Photographers’. The Indiana University Art Museum houses the Art Sinsabaugh archive containing over 3,000 photographs, family memorabilia, and Sinsabaugh’s personal papers.


Full-time and part-time instructor/head of evening photography program, Institute of Design/IIT, Chicago, 1949-59; assistant professor, associate professor, and professor (head of photography/cinematography department), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1959-83; visiting artist at University of Oregon, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Williams College, University of New Hampshire, and numerous others.


Keith F. Davis, American horizons : the photographs of Art Sinsabaugh, New York : Hudson Hills Press, ca. 2004.

Sherwood Anderson, 6 mid-American chants by Sherwood Anderson. 11 Mid-west photographs by Art Sinsabaugh. A note on Anderson’s poetry, by Edward Dahlberg. To Sherwood Anderson in heaven, a poem by Frederick Eckman, Highlands, N.C., J. Williams, 1964.

The New spirit in American photography, Urbana-Champaign : University of Illinois, 1985.