John Gutmann, Self Portrait, San Francisco, 1934
John Gutmann (1905–1998) was a German-born American photographer and painter.
After fleeing Nazi Germany for being a Jew, Gutmann acquired a job in the United States as a photographer for various German magazines. Gutmann quickly took an interest in the American way of life and sought to capture it through the lens of his camera. He especially took an interest in the Jazz music scene. Gutmann is recognized for his unique "worm's-eye view" camera angle. He enjoyed taking photos of ordinary things and making them seem special.
The full archive of John Gutmann's work is located at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona in Tucson, which also manages the copyright of his work.