Curriculum Vitae

1918   Born April 8 in New York City
1936   Joined the Photo League
1939   Solo exhibition, The New School; worked on Native Land with Paul Strand
1940   Staff photographer, PM newspaper
1941   U.S. Navy, Chief Photographer’s Mate, Combat Photo Unit #8, (4 years)
1945   Resumed work as staff photographer on PM
1947   Freelance work for magazines: Ladies Home Journal, McCall’s, Collier’s, Fortune, This Week, and others
1951   Made 35mm motion picture short, The Farm They Won
1952   Co-produced, co-directed, co-writer and photographed Little Fugitive, award-winning feature film
1952   Married Ruth Orkin
1955   Co-produced, co-directed, co-writer and photographed Lovers and Lollipops, award-winning feature film
1958   Produced, directed and photographed Weddings and Babies, award- winning feature film
1959   Son Andy Born
1960   Did CBS television story on Brasilia
1961   Corporate film for Chase Manhattan Bank
1961   Daughter Mary born, Directed television commercials, including award-winning Oreo commercial
1962   The Dog Lover, a film starring Jack Guilford
1968   I Need a Ride to California, 35mm feature film; “Peace Is,” short film
1994   Video feature A Little Bit Pregnant
1998   Video feature Camellia
2005   Dies March 5
United States Navy Photographic Institute Citation for Exceptionally Meritorious Photography, Awarded Navy Day, October 27, 1945
For Outstanding Achievement While Serving As A U.S. Navy Combat Photographer and as a member of combat photo unit number eight. For an exceptionally fine series of still photographs of the invasions in Southern France and on the Normandy Beaches, where his indifference to danger and his keen awareness of what scenes were most vital in the action around him, resulted in a contribution of great value to the visual records of the war. His photograph showing enemy dead on the Normandy beach, taken on D-day and in the face of grave danger, is one of the great pictures of the war and reflects the highest credit upon Engel and the U.S. Navy photographic service.
Signed by Edward Steichen, Captain USNR/Director, Navy Photographic Institute
Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, Crystal Apple Award, 1988
Lifetime Achievement Award, Photographic Administrators, 1998
Pioneer of Independent Cinema Award, 2002