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Ted Croner, 82; Photos Evoked Atmosphere of New York at Night

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Ted Croner, 82, whose boldly blurred photographs were noted for capturing the gritty energy of New York at night, died of natural causes Monday in New York.

His best-known photograph, “Taxi, New York Night, 1947-48,” shows a cab streaking through the dark against a backdrop of twinkling high-rise lights.

It was shot while he was a student of the influential designer and photographer Alexei Brodovitch; Richard Avedon was a fellow student.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Charlotte, N.C., Croner served in the Army Air Forces as an aerial photographer during World War II. In 1946, he became a fashion photographer, but quickly became bored by the work and sought out Brodovitch.

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The Museum of Modern Art in New York City featured Croner’s work in two exhibitions in 1948, and a 1992 book, “The New York School: Photographs, 1936-63,” rekindled interest in his work.

More recently, Croner was a commercial photographer for corporations, including Coca-Cola.


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