BERT ANDREWS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/01 - HFSID 315017
Sale Price $180.00
Photographer of black theatre thanks John Willis, editor of Theatre World, for his help during his "tragic" loss of photographs during studio fire
Autograph letter signed: "Bert Andrews" in blue ink. 1 page, 5x7¾ flat, 5x4 folded. In full: "John, A note to thank you for your many generous help + support during my "little tragedy" (Little in the ordinary scheme of things!!!) I shall forever be in your debt. Your response was immediate and complete. I am wanted to tell you that your Theatre World Awards are to me the absolutely only awards ceremony that really means anything. I really enjoy them every year + wish I had been attending all along. Thanks for inviting me. You really are a person who cares + you have an uncanny eye for talent. Once again, thanks for your help...see you next year. Sincerely". Bert Andrews (1930-1993) has been the official photographer of almost fifteen Broadway plays, focused mostly on leading African American actors including James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Diana Sands, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington. Born in Chicago, Andrews was raised in Harlem where he grew up wanting to be a songwriter, singer and dancer; it wasn't until the early 1950s while serving in the Army did Andrews begin studying photography. He photograph many notable plays including Dark of the Moon (1957), The Blacks (1961), The River Niger (1972), and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984). Many of Andrews' photographs have appeared in Time magazine, Life, Ebony, Newsweek, and the New York Times. After a fire destroyed some 40,000-50,000 images in 1985, Andrews was able to get many of them back through the help of various Theatre Companies. His collection was established at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 1988, and were published in the book "In the Shadow of the Great White Way: Images from the Black Theatre" in 1989. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tonyfor Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Corners rounded. Toned. Fine condition.
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