About the Cover
Our cover design by John Pickard features “Near East River-Frankfurters, Ice Cold Lemonade” (1940s) by photographer Lee Sievan (1921-1999).
Lee Sievan began taking photographs to record the career of her husband, the painter Maurice Sievan. She also photographed other artists, including Milton Avery, Paul Robesan, and Mark Rothko.
Mrs. Sievan worked as a librarian and an archivist, and was a member of the Photo League, a collective of photographers dedicated to effecting urban change through art. The Photo League was established by Paul Strand and Bernice Abbot in 1936. This group maintained darkrooms, meeting rooms, and gallery space. They also offered classes and published Photo Notes journal. Because of its broadly social outlook, the Photo League was listed by the U.S. Attorney General as subversive in the late 1940s and membership declined. The League closed its doors in 1951.
This photograph has been reproduced by permission of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, from their Photo League collection. The acquisition of this photograph was made possible with funds provided by Elizabeth M. Ross, the Derby Fund, John S. and Catherine Chapin Kobacker, and the Friends of the Photo League. 2001.020.129.
Cover research by Anna Duke Reach.