History of Photography

  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: 10 Essential Books

    This week we are continuing our series on collecting photography. We have produced a series of videos along with added illustrations and handouts that can be viewed weekly on our website. We hope to cover many aspects that we feel are important to both beginning and seasoned collectors. The topics for the videos are a result of many conversations we have had in our gallery with visitors over the past forty years.

    Collecting photography books goes hand in hand with a photographic collection. New collectors are often interested in learning more about the history of the medium and some of the key artists, while others enjoy having volumes by or about the photographers that they collect.

    In today’s video David discusses what he feels are ten essential books that serve as a core to your photographic library whether you are just starting to build a library or already have one.

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: 10 Essential Books
  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Caring for your Collection

    This week we are continuing our series on collecting photography. We have produced a series of videos that can be viewed weekly on our website. We hope to cover many aspects that we feel are important to both beginning and seasoned collectors. The topics for the videos are a result of many conversations we have had in our gallery with visitors over the past forty years.

    Today’s video focuses on how to care for your photographs. The emphasis of this video is that as collectors we are custodians of the works in our collection. Most likely during your lifetime your photographs will either be donated to a museum, passed on to a loved one, or possibly resold. For these reasons, topics discussed in the video address best practices for the care, display, and storage of your collection.

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Caring for your Collection
  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: I Saw it for Less

    This week we are continuing our series on collecting photography. We have produced a series of videos along with added illustrations and handouts that can be viewed weekly on our website. We hope to cover many aspects that we feel are important to both beginning and seasoned collectors. The topics for the videos are a result of many conversations we have had in our gallery with visitors over the past forty years.

    Today’s video focuses on identifying some of the attributes of photographs prints that affect their values. We discuss differences between vintage and modern prints, as well as portfolio and limited edition prints. Additionally, we talk briefly about prints that were produced by the artist but were not meant for sale.

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: I Saw it for Less
  • Straight Talk on Photography - Looking at Photographs Part 2
    Making Photographs, Not Taking Photographs

    Today’s video focuses on making, not taking photographs. The work included was made throughout various periods within the history of photography. The video begins with photographers from the Institute of Design in Chicago, and its curriculums influence on the medium, and concludes with two contemporary photographers who are pushing the boundaries of traditional photography.

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    Straight Talk on Photography – Looking at Photographs Part 2
  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography - Looking at Photographs Part 1

    This week we are continuing our new series about collecting photography. The plan is to produce a series of videos along with added illustrations and handouts that can be viewed weekly on our website. We hope to cover many aspects that we feel are important to both beginning and seasoned collectors. The topics for these videos are a result of the many conversations we have had in our gallery with visitors these past forty years.

    Today’s video focuses on looking at the work of a number of photographers and discussing their imagery and approach. Below are a series of illustrations that accompany the video as well as a fun handout that dates to 1934 regarding the sale of Edward Weston’s photographs.

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography – Looking at Photographs Part 1
  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography - Cameras and Format

    This week we are continuing our new series about collecting photography. The plan is to produce a series of videos along with added illustrations and handouts that can be viewed weekly on our website. We hope to cover many aspects that we feel are important to both beginning and seasoned collectors. The topics for these videos are a result of the many conversations we have had in our gallery with visitors these past forty years.

    Today’s video focuses on different cameras and their formats as they relate to photographic prints. Below are a series of illustrations that accompany the video, as well as a link to the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Image Permanence Institute.

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Cameras and Format
  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Prints and Process

    This week we are embarking on a new series about collecting photography. The plan is to produce a series of videos along with added illustrations and handouts which can be viewed weekly on our website. We hope to cover many aspects that we feel are important to both beginning and seasoned collectors. The topics for these videos are a result of the many conversations we have had in our gallery with visitors these past forty years.

    Today’s video focuses on the various kinds of 20th-century photographic prints, with brief descriptions of each process. Below are a series of illustrations that accompany today’s video, as well as an interesting article written by Alfred Stieglitz and translated by Beaumont Newhall about the importance of “the photographic print.”

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Prints and Process
  • Creative Spirits: Three Painters - Three Photographers

    The history of art, music, and literature is filled with passionate love affairs between creative spirits. In understanding relationships for artistic couples, hints may be found in their work. This is the premise behind the idea for today’s newsletter. All are artists in their own right while also influencing and supporting each other’s work and were partners in life and art.

    Janet became fascinated with the idea many years ago…  noticing that the three couples we write about today, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand and Rebecca Strand (Salsbury James), and Eliot and Aline Porter were three photographers and three painters, all connected to Stieglitz and except for Stieglitz, all connected to New Mexico.

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    Creative Spirits: Three Painters – Three Photographers
  • Signature Style

    Previously in our weekly newsletters, I mentioned some of the differences between “technique” and “art”. Good technique does not necessarily make a good artwork, i.e.: you can be a great technician and your prints may be beautiful and luminous, but if the image or subject is not of interest – the works will be lacking. The reverse is less true, you can make a fantastic photograph and if the print isn’t great, often you can still get by with the power of the visual impact. That said, when we look at a work we are often hoping to find a kind of “marriage” between vision and technique. One where you can appreciate the imagery and the technique doesn’t distract from your appreciation of it. Even great photographs are hard to look at if they are not printed well, creased or unspotted.

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    Signature Style
  • Equivalents

    “Through clouds I wanted to put down my philosophy of life – to show that my photographs were not due to subject matter – not to special trees, or faces, or interiors, to special privileges, clouds were there for everyone- no tax as yet on them – free.”

    Considered by many the father of the art of photography both as a noted gallerist, artist, and through his efforts as editor of both Camera Notes and Camera Work, two publications dedicated to elevating people’s understanding of the photographic medium.

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    Equivalents
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