Stan Fine recently art directed a 2016 calendar for photographer Sid Kaplan. The calendar featured his Flatiron Building retro photos. Fine, himself a venerable New York City graphic designer turned successful playwright, describes Kaplan as “a legendary B&W museum level printer turned master shooter, a last of a breed.”
From the seventies to the early eighty’s Kaplan’s studio was located in the Flatiron District, with a view of the northeast corner of Broadway and Twenty-Second Street, that allowed him to capture the calendar months of March, October and December. The 75 year old Kaplan forged close relationships as a photo printer with many photographers including Robert Frank, W. Eugene Smith, Philippe Halsman, Weegee, Ralph Gibson, Duane Michals, Louis Faurer, Joan Roth, and Allen Ginsberg. He currently teaches the art of B&W photography at New York’s School of Visual Arts.