Born February 12, 1920, Lakewood, New Jersey

Raised in New York City

Lives in Charlotte, North Carolina


1944–1951

Member of the Photo League, New York, NY


Sonia on Wikipedia


Selected Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

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Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC

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Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL

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Davidson College - Van Avery/Smith Galleries, Davidson, NC

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Queens University - Gambrell Center for the Arts, Charlotte, NC

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Bank of America Corporate Collection

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Numerous private collections


Selected Exhibitions

2022

The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Modern Women/Modern Vision

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The Gorelick Gallery, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

The Photo Archives of Sonia Handelman Meyer

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XXI Fotofestival, Łódź,Poland


2021

Rzeszów Photo Festival, Rzeszów, Poland

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The Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany

Hannah Arandt and the 20th Century


2020

German Historical Museum, Berlin, Germany

Hannah Arandt and the 20th Century

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Napa Valley Museum Yountville, Yountville, CA

Modern Women | Modern Vision: Works from the Bank of America Collection


2019

The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC


2016

The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC

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The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC

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Babson Capital Management, Charlotte, NC


2013-14

The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC


2013

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL


2012

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

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Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA


2011

The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

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National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC

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Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC


2010

Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, Fairhope, AL


2009

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL

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Higher Pictures Gallery, New York, NY


2008

Gallery Three, Wachovia Center, Charlotte, NC

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Taylor Bercier Fine Art, New Orleans, LA


2007

Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC


1978

International Center of Photography, New York, NY

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Galerie National du Canada, Ottawa

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts


1946–1951

Various Photo League exhibitions, New York, NY



Selected Documentaries

Making Black America: Through the Grapevine

Henry Louis Gates/PBS 2022

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Radicalism in 1950’s America

Frosso Tsouka, Kastigari Films, New York, NY


Selected Publications

Walkers in the City: Jewish Street Photographers of Mid-Century New York

Deborah Dash Moore, to be published by Cornell University Press in 2023

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Art of the State, Celebrating the Visual Art of NC

Liza Roberts, UNC Press, November 2022

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Still Capturing Our Attention

Southpark Magazine, May 2022

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Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the Soul of America

November 2018, Cover Image

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Ronnie Gilbert: A Radical Life in Song

October 2015

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Bearing Witness: New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer

February, 2014

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Inspired, Beyond the Wall of The Mint Museum

Winter/Spring 2016

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The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951

December, 2011

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Into the Light, Sonia Handelman Meyer: The Photo League Years, ebook publication by Boson Books, an imprint of C&M Online Media, Inc.

2009

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Charlotte Woman Magazine, The Photographic Genius of Sonia Handelman Meyer

May, 2008

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finity, publication by David Vestal

2008

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Into The Light, Sonia Handelman Meyer: The Photo League Years, Hodges Taylor Gallery exhibition catalogue, essay by Lili Corbus Geer, PhD.

September, 2007

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Charlotte Observer

September 9, 2007

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OVO Magazine, Vol. 10, Number 40/41

1981

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New York Times

March 7, 1982

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Books For Everyone, NY Public Library Report

1948 – 1949

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Lifting The Barriers, Sydenham Institution Fellowship Publication

1948

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New York Times

December 15, 1948

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US Camera

April, 1947



Special Events

2014

Served on panel discussion about the Photo League, Mint Museum of Charlotte, NC


2013

Served on panel discussion about the Photo League with other former Photo League members, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, 2013


2012

Served on panel discussion about the Photo League with other former Photo League members, Columbus, OH.


2011

Filmed and interviewed by Mason Klein, curator, The Jewish Museum, and Catherine Evans, curator, Columbus Museum, for The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951, a traveling exhibition, book and video program at The Jewish Museum.

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Gallery Talk, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC


2010

Served on A Conversation with Members of the Photo League panel with other former Photo League members, AIPAD educational program, NY

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Honored Guest at AIPAD Conference, New York, NY


2009

Photographed by Jerry Siegel for his project focused on artists living in the southern US

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Gallery Talk, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL


2007

Gallery Talk, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC

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Filmed and interviewed by Atlanta-based filmmaker for a future profile of the artist


1940s

Shot the first publicity stills for the folk singing group, The Weavers, circa late 1940’s. These photographs were used on record albums and publications and continue to be used today.