Daniel Nilva (1914-1984), the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, began working as a freelance photographer in the 1930s while holding other jobs. After World War II he turned to photography full-time, working for a number of New York unions, including the International Ladies Garment Workers, Department Store Workers (District Council 65), Textile Workers Union, the United Electrical Workers, and the International Longshoremen's Association.

Included in this sampling of Nilva photographs are images of May Day parades, picket lines and a rally in Madison Square Garden from the 1930s, and a 1950s portrait of merchant marines at work.

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