History of Photography

  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Packing Your Artwork

    This week’s video focuses on packing your artwork for shipping. David gives a hands on demonstration on how to best pack matted prints to ensure safe travels while in transit.

    Along with the video we want to provide you with resources for materials shown in today’s video, to help you pack and store your collection. Here are a few of the suppliers we have used over the years. We are also always happy to recommend professional art handlers and shippers to help with all of your packing needs.

    Air Float Systems

    Archival Methods

    Gaylord

    Light Impressions

    Masterpak

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Packing Your Artwork
  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Beaumont Newhall, A Life in Photography

    This week’s talk focuses on Beaumont Newhall. Newhall’s contributions to further the art of photography are numerous.  His first curated exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art is legendary, as is the expanded catalogue from that exhibition, which became his The History of Photography.  This publication continues to be one of the standard texts for the study of the history of photography.  His move from MoMA to George Eastman House in 1947 helped to build the Eastman House’s collections and archives into one of the world’s premier institutions for photography.

    Less is known about Beaumont’s own photographic practice, which chronicles and parallels his life as a historian and curator and is a visual journal of his career.

    In this talk, David covers many highlights of Beaumont’s career and also concentrates on Newhall’s photography and David’s personal relationship with Beaumont for the last 14 years of his life.

    We have scanned the original slide lecture to recreate this talk as a PowerPoint lecture.  The talk is over an hour so please take your time with it, enjoy a drink, and don’t forget to stretch your legs.

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography:  Beaumont Newhall, A Life in Photography
  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Eliot Porter, The Dye-Transfer Process

    We have been asked so many times to explain the dye-transfer process. Within today’s talk is an illustrated explanation producing a dye-transfer print in Eliot Porter’s studio.  This lecture was originally delivered at an SPE conference in Orlando, Florida, in 2012 on the occasion of the opening of Eliot Porter’s traveling retrospective exhibition by the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.  David discusses Eliot’s life, his and Janet’s relationship to Eliot, while also bringing us on a visit to Eliot’s home studio and darkroom.

    We have taken the original slide lecture and scanned them to recreate this talk as a PowerPoint lecture.  The talk is over an hour so please take your time with it, enjoy a drink, and don’t forget to stretch your legs.  David has other slide lectures from his years of teaching, so please give us your feedback on this talk and let us know if you would like to have more of these types of lectures.

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Eliot Porter, The Dye-Transfer Process
  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Building a Collection, Our Personal Story Part II

    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.

    Over the years so many of you have asked us about our personal collection. This week we share with you another one of the themes that run through our collection, which concentrates on making photographs rather than taking photographs. This aspect of our collection was inspired by Minor White’s work and teachings where he verbalizes, “We don’t photograph things for what they are, but for what else they are.”

    In this week’s video David explains the importance and benefits of building a personal collection and how it can enhance your day-to-day life and those around you, both at home and in your community. Your collection is a reflection of who you are and can serve as your legacy.

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Building a Collection, Our Personal Story Part II
  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: Building a Collection, Our Personal Story Part I

    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.

    Over the years so many of you have asked us about our personal collection. This week we share with you one of the themes that run through our collection: Humanistic photography. We share an affinity for images of the human condition.

    In this week’s video David explains the importance and benefits of building a personal collection and how it can enhance your day-to-day life and those around you, both at home and in your community. Your collection is a reflection of who you are and can serve as your legacy.

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography:  Building a Collection, Our Personal Story Part I
  • Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: 10 More 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.

    Based on the overwhelming response from last week’s video we have been motivated to produce another trying to address some of the many questions and comments we received. In this week’s video David has selected more volumes that we feel cover essential topics or artists to be included in your library. Thinking more about diversity in our selection and trying to be a bit more contemporary we feel this video, in conjunction with last week’s video, will serve as a well-rounded core collection for your libraries as photographers and/or photographic collectors.

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    Straight Talk on Collecting Photography: 10 More Essential Books
  • 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
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