Bedrich Grunzweig (1910-2009) was born in Prague and grew up in Brno, Czechoslovakia. Following university studies and service in the Czech army, he escaped from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and settled permanently in New York City and joined the newly formed United Nations where he worked until his retirement in 1974. Beginning in the 1940s, Grunzweig photographed New York. His best known images include “Between Heaven and Earth,” a snapshot of a window cleaner at the United Nations building which won U.S. Camera Magazine’s first prize in 1951, as well as being published in Popular Photography’s 1952 Annual and in the 1952 Annual of American Photography.
In 1964, he won the Saturday Review first prize for his photograph of architect Eero Saarinen’s ground breaking TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport. In 1973 his work was exhibited at the solo show “Return to Prague: A Personal Sojourn” at the Jewish Museum in New York City and at the Koffler Centre for the Arts in Toronto.
Grunzweig’s work can be found in the collections of numerous museums and institutions, including the New York Public Library, The Museum of Modem Art, the Metropolitan Museum the International Center of Photography (NYC), the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (NYC), the Jewish Museum (NYC), the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), among others.