THE JACK TINNEY NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE
JFK, Jackie, Nixon, Ali, Unitas, Wilt, Fleming, Hoffa, Marilyn, Armstrong, Princess Grace—all those global icons and more were frozen in time by leading Philadelphia photographer Jack Tinney (1930-2018). Over the course of 35 years at the Philadelphia Bulletin (plus assignments from LIFE, TIME, Sports Illustrated and The Post), Tinney was a larger-than-life figure who shot front-page photos, wrote popular columns and traveled widely, lighting up rooms everywhere he went. The man had more than a passing resemblance to Albert Finney's raconteur in the movie Big Fish, and he lived nearly as many lifetimes of adventure. An amateur gymnast and boxer, Tinney served in the U.S. Air Force and cut his teeth on aerial photography at a South Korean base frequented by Bedcheck Charlie. He won more than 100 awards as a photojournalist, not merely for being Johnny-on-the-spot wherever the biggest action was, but also for capturing candid scenes of everyday life with trademark curiosity, humor and panache. Among the 130 Tinney photos documented on Getty Images are unforgettably unique shots of cats playing chess, a boy's face distorted by a fish bowl, Ernest Borgnine mugging for the camera, a roller derby collision, a baby's view inside a crib, and, of course, the world-renowned photo of Tinney's own dog Cookie lying spread eagle in front of a fan to cool off. He practiced undersea photography in the Caribbean. He taught classes at local colleges. He knew all the Philly sports venues like the back of his hand—even being in attendance at Franklin Field the day that Bert Bell died in the stands. Looking back on his own 88 years, Tinney himself said that he managed to fit in everything he ever wanted to do...and then some!
With pride, we have brought to market Jack Tinney's previously untouched photographic archive, straight from his family home in Wynnewood, PA. What makes the collection especially noteworthy is the abundance of significant original negatives. We hope you enjoy discovering these hidden treasures as much as we've enjoyed culling through and cataloging them!
1930s-1940s FDR/Eleanor Roosevelt 4x5 Original Negatives (9)
Jack Tinney's father Charles Tinney—a noted photojournalist in his own right—was on hand for the President and First Lady's appearance at Temple University Founder's Day in 1936. There is one strong close-up of FDR during his address as he receives an honorary Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. Another shot in slightly soft focus depicts Eleanor standing outside in the rain. Six more images feature general views from an upper level that are not in sharp focus when zoomed in. (Click here for more information about the speech and event.) Finally, there is an unrelated banquet-type scene of Eleanor in the desirable format of a glass-plate negative.
Early 1960s JFK/Jackie Kennedy 4x5 Original Negative
According to a similar shot of Jack Tinney's on Getty Images, the timing here was 1959 when JFK was still a senator. He and Jackie hold what appears to be a publication of the Americans for Democratic Action organization, which was founded after FDR's death by Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, Walter Reuther, Arthur Schlesinger and Reinhold Niebuhr to further the goals of the New Deal. The negative sleeve is typed "J.F.K. & Jackie."
1934 Max Baer 4x5 Original Glass-Plate Negative
Among the few glass-plate negatives in the Jack Tinney News Photography Archive, this beauty came from the lens of Jack's father Charles Tinney—a noted photojournalist in his own right whose body of work also included scenes of Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, Babe Ruth and Connie Mack. Baer became world heavyweight champion when he defeated Primo Carnera for the title on June 14th, 1934. The envelope sleeve is typewritten with the year and caption, "1934 / MAX BAER AND HIS BROTHER VISIT PHILA."
Jack Tinney's Personal Collection of Esteemed Photography Publication "U.S. Camera Annual" (20 Books, 1937-1964)
A ready-made library of photography history—straight from the home studio of Jack Tinney (1930-2018). Dust jackets and cover subjects (Marilyn Monroe) are noted in parentheses. U.S. Camera Annual (20): 1937 3rd issue (spiral bound); 1939 (spiral bound); 1941 (Volumes I and II); 1948 (dj); 1949; 1950 (separated dj); 1951; 1952 (dj); 1953 (dj); 1954 (dj); 1955 20th anniversary (dj); 1956 (dj); 1957 (dj); 1958; 1959; 1960; 1962 (dj); 1963 (dj); 1964 (dj, Monroe). Also (3): 1979 Newsweek Best of Photojournalism, 4; 1979 Best of Photojournalism, 5; 1981 Images of the World: Photography at the National Geographic.
Please note: The "positive" images shown below are for reference only and do not represent any positive (i.e., photo) on offer here. Only the negatives themselves are being auctioned.