David Attie was a prominent American commercial and fine art photographer, who was widely published in magazines and books from the late 1950s until his passing in the 1980s. His work has been rediscovered and revived with the 2015 publication of his Truman Capote collaboration “Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir, With The Lost Photographs of David Attie,” as well as a 2016-18 exhibit of his early work at the Brooklyn Historical Society. While he worked in a wide range of styles, creating the best-known portraits of playwright Lorraine Hansberry (featured on the covers of two current paperback editions of A Raisin in the Sun) and illustrating everything from novels to album covers to the work of Capote, Attie was known for multiple imagery—highly inventive, pre-Photoshop montages made by combining negatives in the darkroom—and also for a style of portraiture in which the subjects themselves controlled the exposure.
Attie grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School, the same alma mater as Bobby Fischer, whom Attie later photographed. He briefly attended the Kansas City Art Institute and Cooper Union.