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August 10th, 2005

Camera Work: A Centennial Celebration

In conjunction with the exhibition “Camera Work: A Centennial Celebration,” at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA, in 2003, The Photo Review has published a 64-page full-color catalogue of the same title with essays by Peter C. Bunnell, Lucy Bowditch, Stephen Perloff, Barbara L. Michaels, and Luis Nadeau.

Peter Bunnell is represented by two classic essays: “A Photographic Vision / Pictorial Photography, 1889–1923” and “Alfred Stieglitz & Camera Work.” Peter C. Bunnell is the Faculty Curator of Photography at the Princeton University Art Museum and the David McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography Emeritus at Princeton University.

Lucy Bowditch’s contribution, “Steichen and Camera Work,” describes Steichen’s many roles at the journal as an inspiration, designer, talent scout, advertiser, writer, and photographer. Lucy Bowditch is an associate professor of art history at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Her articles have appeared in Photography in New York, History of Photography, Afterimage, Art Express, and Exposure. She has curated exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The National Arts Club, both in New York City. In addition to Edward Steichen, the subject of her dissertation, Bowditch is interested in constructions of “public” and “private” and how they define the art world.

Stephen Perloff’s essay “Pictorialism into Modernism” investigates the roots of Pictorialism and the role that Stieglitz, Coburn, and Strand played in moving photographic practice from Pictorialism to Modernism. Stephen Perloff is the Editor of The Photo Review and The Photograph Collector and the curator of “Camera Work: A Centennial Celebration.”

Barbara L. Michaels’s “On Charles Sheeler, the Camera Work that Wasn’t, and Others that Might Have Been” examines the unpublished issue 51 of Camera Work, which Stieglitz had planned to feature the photographs of Charles Sheeler. Barbara L. Michaels, author of Gertrude Käsebier: The Photographer and Her Photographs (Abrams, 1992), is an art historian who has specialized in early twentieth century photography. She has written and lectured about F. Holland Day, Arthur Wesley Dow, and Alfred Stieglitz, among others. She was curator of the Abbott-Levy Atget Collection at the Museum of Modern Art and has taught at New York University. She was a contributor to Photos that Changed the World, (Prestel, 2000). Her articles have often appeared in Art on Paper, The Photo Review, and Town & Country.

Luis Nadeau’s “Reproduction Processes Used in Camera Work, 1903–1917” explains the various techniques used to make the plates that were tipped-in to Camera Work.  Luis Nadeau is an author of many articles and books on photographic and photomechanical processes, including the Ency-clopedia of Printing, Photographic and Photomechanical Processes (2 vols., 1989–1990) and the upcom-ing Guide to the Identification of Prints and Photographs, Featuring a Chronological History of Reproduction Technologies. He is also the founder and director of and a mailing list dedicated to the conservation of photographs.

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