The Morris Engel archive is devoted to award-winning filmmaker and photographer Morris Engel (1918-2005).

Engel was known for his early documentary photos of New York City, was a member of The Photo League, on the staff of “PM” and was a photographer in the Navy during WWII in Combat Photo Unit 8 under Captain Edward Steichen.

Engel is known internationally as an innovator for his ground-breaking classic independent film “Little Fugitive” (1953) shot with a hand-held 35mm camera that he helped build. The film won a silver Lion at Venice, and Francois Truffaut said “Our New Wave would never have come into being, if it hadn’t been for the young American Morris Engel, who showed us the way with his production of “Little Fugitive”