LOS ANGELES, April 5— Max Yavno, a California photographer best known for his black and white photographs of Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 1940′s, died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital here.
He was 73 years old.
”His specific creative genius was his ability to capture a vignette of humanity while maintaining strong composition,” said G. Ray Hawkins, who displayed the photographer’s work at his Los Angeles gallery.
One of Mr. Yavno’s most famous pictures was of a crowd at Muscle Beach in Venice, Calif., in 1949. Twenty of his photographs have been purchased for a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.