Rudy Burckhardt was a Swiss-American photographer best known for his intimate images of his friends and fellow artists. These images were often used in Art News magazine, as well as in the artists’ biographies and exhibitions at museums. He often took pictures while they worked in their studios, offering a behind-the-scenes look at both the artist and their process. He was good friends with his next-door neighbors, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, and a mentor to Alex Katz and Red Grooms. He photographed several artists from the New York School in addition to the de Koonings, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollack, and Hans Hofmann. Burckhardt was able to capture a similar intimate quality with his images of everyday life in New York City. He often snapped shots of pedestrians on the move, sometimes seeing them only from the waist down. He was praised for maintaining a playful and light-hearted spirit, lauded as more true and accurate to the everyday life of the city, which was juxtaposed to the formal composition of the image.