Harry Kalmus (1924-1987) was born and raised in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York. After serving in World War II, he returned to Brooklyn and began his career as a commercial photographer. In addition to contract work for businesses and ad agencies, Kalmus photographed weddings, bar mitzvahs, and family portraits. Kalmus’s photographs offer unique documentation of Jewish traditions in Brooklyn during the 1940s and 1950s. The Harry Kalmus papers and photographs contain more than 10,000 negatives, prints, and slides, many of which are digitized and available in the BHS Othmer Library image database.
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