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Monographs or surveys on the history of photography and notable photographers from the mid-19th Century to the present.

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Naef, Weston J., The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz: Fifty Pioneers of Modern Photography, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art/The Viking Press, 1978, first edition, thick 4to (10.5" x 9"), HB in dj, brown cloth boards w/ gilt spine titles in color photo illus dj, Near Fine / VG+. Publisher's errata slip tipped in. Light edgewear to DJ.

xi + 529 pp. 682 b/w illustrations from photographs, including 102 full-page plates & 53 portraits. Includes artist biographies, signatures and/or logos,index & bibliography.

This catalogue - from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition of the same name - documents 650 prints collected by Steiglitz and precisely examines the evolution of the nascent modernist photography movements in Europe and America between 1894 and 1910. Includes photographic works by many photographers from Stieglitz's circle and numerous others: Ansel Adams, J. Craig Annan, Malcolm Arbuthnot, Zaida Ben-Yusuf, Alice Boughton, Anne W. Brigman, John G. Bullock, Will Cadby, Eustace G. Calland, Julia Margaret Cameron, Sidney Carter, Rose Clark & Elizabeth Flint Wade, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Archibald Cochrane, George Davison, F. Holland Day, Robert Demachy,Mary Devens, William B. Dyer, Rudolf Eickemeyer, Jr., Frank Eugene, Frederick H. Evans, Herbert G. French, Arnold Genthe, Paul Haviland, Hugo Henneberg, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, A. Horsley Hinton, Theodor & Oscar Hofmeister, Gertrude Käsebier, Joseph T. Keiley, Heinrich Kuehn, Céline Laguarde, René LeBčgue, Baron Adolphe de Meyer, Eliot Porter, William B. Post, Constant Puyo, Frank H. Read, Harry C. Rubincam, Morton L. Schamberg, Sarah C. Sears, George H. Seeley, George Bernard Shaw, Charles Sheeler, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Eva Watson-Schütze, Hans Watzek and Clarence H. White. Includes a portrait and chronologies for each of the artists; also technical information, titles, etc. "A touchstone for the history of the formative years of modern phtography,...[a]n era emerged from its status as a conjurer's trick to recognition as an art form."

A thorough, beautifully produced and important volume on the proponents of early modernism in photography and practitioners of the Pictorialism and Photo-Secession movements; additionally, the book offers a detailed look at some of the distinguished photographic holdings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.     [Book ID # 1440]


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