It Took 4 Days

For John White from Honolulu to identify the photograph of my mom posted here.
The photograph was taken in 1963 by Life Magazine photographer Arthur Schatz and is titled, Passengers from the Bremen ocean liner, waiting for cabs, it’s still available on the Getty Images website.
It’s difficult to find any information on Arthur Schatz, apparently he passed away in 2005. A small mention of him appears on the website for the Brooklyn College Vanguard Newspaper where Arthur also worked. Here.
A search on the Getty archives for Arthur brings up assorted pictures of celebrities; Rodney Dangerfield, a young Martha Stewart, Norman Mailer, Ed Sullivan, Dave Brubeck, Gladys Knight, Studs Terkel, politicians; Richard Nixon, Nelson Rockefeller, George Bush Sr., Cesar Chavez, Ronald Reagan, etc. as well as a self portrait while photographing an elephant.
I’d like to find more information on Arthur and know if an archive of his work exists. It seems that Arthur retained the copyright on his images but I wonder how that changes when he passed away. The Vanguard post on Arthur mentions Getty/Time/Life not being helpful at all with any information on Arthur, … not promising. Stage 2 is finding more info on Arthur in hopes of getting a print. To Be Continued…


  1. Posted February 14, 2008 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    That’s incredible — man, I hope you can track down a print.

  2. Posted February 14, 2008 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    WoW, fascinating story- the picture is full of treasures. Our personal histories are sacred like old treasure maps..

  3. Posted February 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Just order the file from getty and make a print.

  4. Posted March 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Wow — that IS incredible that someone could find that image. Do you mind posting a follow-up detailing how this John White fellow was able to conduct his search and track down the image? Does he have a list of sites that are worth searching? What kinds of searches did he run (keywords: “passenger” and”1964″, for example?)? It would be valuable to those of us interested in photo historical research.

  5. Posted March 3, 2008 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Greg, after wasting a few hours trying different keywords and search terms, I went to the time life/getty images site and searched all the images that fell within the proper time frame. Probably not the most efficent method but it worked!

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