New York photography dealer Bonni Benrubi died of cancer on Nov. 29 at age 59.

The Bronx-born Benrubi started out at Blum Helman gallery, later working for 10 years for Daniel Wolf. She then became a private dealer before opening her own gallery in 1987 on East 76th Street, moving to the Fuller Building, on 57th Street, in 2004. Benrubi represented photographers including Massimo Vitali, Matthew Pillsbury, Simon Norfolk, Gillian Laub, Paolo Pellegrin and Jehad Nga.

The day she died from cancer that she had battled for over two years, Benrubi was at her gallery talking to a group of underprivileged girls about how an art gallery is operated, her son Sam Powers said.