Max Waldman was born in Brooklyn, New York , in 1919 of Romanian parents. At the age of eight, his father died; unable to support five children, his mother put them into an orphanage. In the late 1930’s, Max was part of the Civil Conservation Corps, where he first started photographing. He later went to Buffalo State Teacher’s College and the Albright Art School. He also attended the Art Students League where he studied sculpting. He became a successful commercial photographer specializing in industrial, fashion and commercial photography. Books were very import to him, especially art history, aesthetics and Shakespeare.
With the publication of WALDMAN ON THEATER in 1971, his reputation was established. Waldman’s attitude towards photographing dance and theater was unusual. People wanted photographs of dancers, and the dancers wanted to be immortalized by Waldman and they happily came down to his studio, costume in hand, ready to dance for their audience of one. A friend of his once said “His genius transmutes the poetic essence of one art form into that of another- making the fleeting moments seem timeless.”
Max Waldman died March 1,l981 at the age of 61.