Larry Herman, photographer, supporter of Communist League

By Jonathan Silberman
January 17, 2022

LONDON — Larry Herman, 79, a longtime supporter of the Communist League in the U.K., died suddenly Dec. 29.

Herman, born to a Jewish family in New York, moved here in 1968. He joined the Communist League’s forerunner, the International Marxist Group, in the mid-1970s following a trip to Northern Ireland, where the struggle to end the British army’s occupation had a big impact on him. For over a decade he lived in Sheffield, working in a steel foundry. In recent years he became a supporter of the communist movement, taking responsibility for helping to produce the audio edition of the Militant. 

Herman was a celebrated photographer, taking pictures of workers at work and where they live, “not as victims,” he would often say. For some years he worked with the CTC, the Central Organization of Cuban Workers, on a “Cuban workers at work” presentation. It was exhibited by unions in the U.K. and by the CTC in Havana and toured across Cuba.