Theodore Nierenberg (1923–2009)
Ethiopia, young girl.
Color photograph, 15 ¼ x 20 in.
Bruce Museum Collection, 2014.01.02

Theodore Nierenberg (1923–2009)
Ecuador, man with hat, smiling
Color photograph, 15 ¼ x 20 in.
Bruce Museum Collection, 2014.01.06

Theodore Nierenberg: Photographs from His World Travels

August 1, 2015 - November 29, 2015

This series of approximately 30 photographs by Theodore Nierenberg highlights his portraits of indigenous peoples from around the world. Reflecting the vitality and personality of each subject, the images shine a light on the life stories written on their faces. With attention to color and composition, Nierenberg's portrayals celebrate the people and cultures he encountered during his travels from Central and South America to Africa and the Far East. The photographs are selected from a gift from Martha Nierenberg to the Bruce Museum in 2014.

About Theodore Nierenberg

Theodore Nierenberg (1923–2009) was a prominent industrial designer and photographer. 

In 1944, he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering management from Carnegie Mellon University, then called the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Along with his wife Martha, Nierenberg founded Dansk International Designs, a business best known for table and housewares of a distinctive Scandinavian Modern style. The company was started in 1954 after a trip to Europe during which the couple became interested in the work of foreign industrial designers. Although the company began its operations in the couple’s garage in Great Neck, NY, Dansk operated for many years afterward from its headquarters in Mount Kisco, NY. After directing the company for more than thirty years, the Nierenbergs sold it in 1985.

Ted Nierenberg’s retirement allowed him to concentrate on his many hobbies, which included most notably gardening, photography and traveling. Having studied with many well-known photographers including Magnum photojournalist Ernst Haas, Nierenberg became an accomplished photographer. Over the years, he amassed a vast body of work, focusing on only two subjects: his garden estate and portraits of indigenous peoples taken during his extensive travels around the world.  

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