Martin Elkort is an acclaimed black and white street photographer whose work regularly appears in major publications, galleries and museums in the United States.


His early black and white photography work, c.1945 to 1956, features the fabled Lower East Side of New York City, with its polyglot ethnic populations, the myriad streets and alleys of the city, and the Coney Island amusement park in Brooklyn. 


He studied fine arts at The Cooper Union Art School, the Art Student's League, and the Pan-American School of Art in New York and worked in advertising art and photography. Elkort credits his graphic arts studies with sharpening his eye for photography. He also studied with individual photographers such as Aaron Siskind, Paul Strand, Lou Stouman, Imogen Cunningham and others at the Photo League in New York and other venues. Early on, photography came to dominate his interests and he has been taking pictures ever since.

Today he can often be found wandering the ethnic neighborhoods of Los Angeles or San Francisco with his cameras, following his lifelong mission documenting, through black and white photography, the life of the streets.


Professional Affiliations & Publications
Rangefinder Magazine, Two feature stories, January 2007 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Photography Arts Council - Member
Los Angeles League of Photographers (LALOP) - Founding Member
Rangefinder Magazine, Jan. 2006 featured photographer
Rangefinder Magazine, Contributing Editor, 2006
Black & White Magazine, Aug. 2005 featured photographer
Los Angeles Times Magazine – Feature story – July, 2001
Long Beach, CA Press-Telegram – Feature story – July, 2001
New Mexican (daily newspaper), Art columnist in Sunday editions, c. 1957
New Mexico Magazine, Editorial Associate, – Photography and writing, c. 1957
U. S. Camera, Oct. 1951
American Photography, Jan. 1951 & Jun. 1951
New York Photo League, 1948-1951

Collections and Exhibitions
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. 2007
LMan Gallery, L.A. One Man Show 2006 
Metro Gallery, L.A. Group Show, 2006
O’Melveny & Myers, corporate collection-2006 acquisition
Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma, CA - One man show, 2006
Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, Group Show, 2005
J. Paul Getty Museum, Permanent Collection, 2004 acquisition
Photo Impact, Hollywood, CA. – One man show – 2003
John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Two man show, 2003
Fototeka Gallery, Los Angeles 2002- One man show
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Permanent Collection, 2002 acquisition
Artseal Gallery, San Francisco, Group Shows, 2001 - 2005
Alpert Jewish Community Center, Long Beach, CA - 2001 One man show
Museum of New Mexico, Photographer’s Annual Shows, 1956, 1958
Life Magazine Contest for Young Photographers, 1952. Finalist
New York Museum of Modern Art, Permanent Collection 1950 acquisition
New York Photo League Group Shows, 1948 – 1951