John D. Schiff was born as Hans Schiff in 1907. In July 1939 he and his wife left Germany for England, where they had to wait for their immigration visas to the United States. They came to the U.S. in March 1940. After working in a photofinishing plant for a few months he started working as a freelance commercial photographer and worked on location for art dealers and artists. He specialized in the reproduction of art work. He died in September 1976 in New York.
Featured image: John D. Schiff – Marcel Duchamp sitting in armchair, detail – image courtesy of Christies