Yavno, Max 1911-1985

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YAVNO, Max 1911-1985

PERSONAL: Born April 26, 1911, in New York, NY; died April 4, 1985, in San Francisco, CA; married Alyce Abrams, 1930 (divorced 1934). Education: Attended City College of New York, 1927-32, Columbia University, 1932-34, and University of CaliforniaLos Angeles, 1972-73.

CAREER: New York Stock Exchange, New York, NY, page boy, 1927-32; New York City Relief Bureau, social worker, 1935; Works Progress Administration, New York, NY, on staff, 1936-42; Freelance photographer in San Francisco, CA, 1945-85; established commercial photography studio, San Francisco, CA, 1954-75. Photo League, New York, NY, president, 1938-39. Military service: U.S. Army Air Force, 1942-45.

AWARDS, HONORS: Guggenheim fellowship, 1953; Art Directors Club Award, 1954, 1955.


(With Herb Caen) The San Francisco Book, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1948.

(With Lee Shippey) The Los Angeles Book, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1950.

(Photographer) M. F. K. Fisher, The Story of Wine in California, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1962.

(Photographer) Natzler Ceramics, [Los Angeles, CA], 1968.

(Photographer) Portfolio One: Image as Poem, [Los Angeles, CA], 1977.

(Photographer) The Photography of Max Yavno, text by Ben Maddow, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1981.*