Camera Work

Camera Work Camera Work was a quarterly photographic journal published by Alfred Stieglitz from 1903 to 1917.

Camera Work was a quarterly photographic journal published by Alfred Stieglitz from 1903 to 1917 that was known for its high-quality reproductions and its effort to establish photography as a fine art. After editing American Amateur Photographer from 1893-1896 and then the New York Camera Club's Camera Notes until 1902, Stieglitz decided to publish a new magazine of his own, Camera Work. One of its purposes was to serve as a vehicle for the Photo-Secession, an invitation-only group which he co-founded in 1902 to promote photography as an art form. Much of the work published in Camera Work would come from the Photo-Secession exhibitions he hosted. Camera Work presented advanced work from American and European photographers and was known for its high quality reproductions. Printed images were hand-pulled photogravures made from original negatives. Towards the end of its life, Camera Work included not only photographic work but reproductions of works of modern art, such as Rodin and Matisse before these works were well known. This change of direction reflected Stieglitz's feeling that painting was moving forward whilst photography as an art form was stagnating. However the inclusion of this non-photographic work was controversial and increasing numbers of readers cancelled their subscriptions. Due to various reasons including dwindling subscriptions and disillusionment, continuing financing difficulties and the high cost of reproductions, Camera Work ceased publication in 1917, but not before it had returned to its photographic roots by championing the work of newcomer Paul Strand. Camera Work's legacy remains that it was a forum for redefining the artistic goals of photography. It started life championing Pictorialism but ended by promoting Straight photography as epitomised by the work of Paul Strand. A collection of Camera Work was appraised in Philadelphia on a 2007 episode of Antiques Roadshow with an estimate worth of $60,000 to $90,000.

Camera Work: History and Global Reach of an International Art MagazineZurich, Switzerland, March 9 - 11, 2018Registratio...
02/15/2018
Camera Work (Zurich, 9-11 Mar 18)

Camera Work: History and Global Reach of an International Art Magazine

Zurich, Switzerland, March 9 - 11, 2018
Registration deadline: 09/mar/2018

Symposium organized as part of the project “Camera Work: Inside/Out,” University of Zurich, Institute of Art History/Center for Studies in the Theory and History of Photography, in collaboration with the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA)

In 1949, Georgia O'Keefee gave the Art Institute of Chicago a portion of Alfred Stieglitz vast art collection. The gift ...
08/01/2016
The Alfred Stieglitz Collection |

In 1949, Georgia O'Keefee gave the Art Institute of Chicago a portion of Alfred Stieglitz vast art collection. The gift included 244 photographs, as well as paintings, sculptures, drawings, etchings, and prints. This site profiles each photograph, offering images of the front and the back of each work, installation views, and links to related publications from Stieglitz's lifetime. Additionally, forty-four photographs have been closely examined by conservation scientists.

David Octavius Hill and Robert AdamsonPortrait of Two Men (John Henning and Alexander Handyside Ritchie), c. 1845, printed 1890/1900

Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th CenturyVictoria and Albert Museum, LondonOn now until Sunday, 3 July 2016
04/14/2016
V&A · Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century

Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On now until Sunday, 3 July 2016

Paul Strand was one of the greatest and most influential photographers of the 20th century whose images have defined the way fine art and documentary photography is understood and practiced today.

'Wintery Weather'W.B. Post, b.1857-1925Camera Work VI, 190415 x 16.4 cmPhotogravure
03/09/2016

'Wintery Weather'
W.B. Post, b.1857-1925
Camera Work VI, 1904
15 x 16.4 cm
Photogravure

'Boys Going to School'Clarence H. White, b.1871-1925Camera Work XXIII, 190820.5 x 15.6 cmPhotogravure
02/10/2016

'Boys Going to School'
Clarence H. White, b.1871-1925
Camera Work XXIII, 1908
20.5 x 15.6 cm
Photogravure

'The Etching Printer - William Strang'James Craig Annan, b.1864-1946Camera Work XIX, 190715.1 x 19.8 cmPhotogravure
11/11/2015

'The Etching Printer - William Strang'
James Craig Annan, b.1864-1946
Camera Work XIX, 1907
15.1 x 19.8 cm
Photogravure

The journal
10/04/2015

The journal

'A Coryphee' C. Yarnall Abbott, b.1870-1938Camera Work X, 190517.6 x 9.9 cmColour half-tone
10/04/2015

'A Coryphee'
C. Yarnall Abbott, b.1870-1938
Camera Work X, 1905
17.6 x 9.9 cm
Colour half-tone

'L'Effort'Robert Demachy, b.1859-1936Camera Work XI, 190515.1 x 20.6 cmHalftone
07/08/2015

'L'Effort'
Robert Demachy, b.1859-1936
Camera Work XI, 1905
15.1 x 20.6 cm
Halftone

'The Picture-book'Gertrude Kasebier, b.1852-1934Camera Work X, 190515.7 x 20.7 cmPhotogravure
06/26/2015

'The Picture-book'
Gertrude Kasebier, b.1852-1934
Camera Work X, 1905
15.7 x 20.7 cm
Photogravure

05/20/2015
Stieglitz and the New York Art Scene (1905-46)

Stieglitz and the New York Art Scene (1905-46)

Alfred Stieglitz: His Time, Influence, and Vision Lisa M. Messinger, associate curator, Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, The M...

05/07/2015

“I have all but killed myself for Photography. My passion for it is greater than ever. It’s forty years that I have fought its fight – and I’ll fight to the finish – single handed & without money if need be. It is not photographs – it is not photographers – I am fighting for. And my own photographs I never sign. I am not fighting to make a ‘name’ for myself. Maybe you have some feeling for what the fight is for. It’s a world’s fight. This sounds mad. But so is Camera Work mad. All that’s born of spirit seems mad in these [days] of materialism run riot.”
Alfred Stieglitz

'Mist Steam and Smoke'Prescott Adamson, b.1866-1933Camera Work V, 190413.3 x 18.5 cmPhotogravure
05/07/2015

'Mist Steam and Smoke'
Prescott Adamson, b.1866-1933
Camera Work V, 1904
13.3 x 18.5 cm
Photogravure

This rare surviving fold-over trade card featuring an Adirondack or Catskills scenic photograph titled 'A Bit of Nature'...
05/07/2015

This rare surviving fold-over trade card featuring an Adirondack or Catskills scenic photograph titled 'A Bit of Nature' was used to promote the business interests of the New York Photogravure Company.

The Photo-Gravure Company specialized in high-class printing, with photogravure, photogelatine (collotype) and halftone work a specialty.

For additional information PhotoSeed http://www.photoseed.com/collection/single/new-york-photogravure-company-trade-card/

05/05/2015
1st Wednesdays: Alfred Steiglitz & Camera Work

Photographer, gallerist, and magazine editor Alfred Stieglitz was a seminal figure in the history of twentieth-century photography. Middlebury College professor Kirsten Hoving examines Stieglitz's work and his advocacy for photography as a fine art, with special attention to his quarterly journal Camera Work.

Photographer, gallerist, and magazine editor Alfred Stieglitz was a seminal figure in the history of twentieth-century photography. Middlebury College profes...

'Struggle' Robert Demachy, b.1859-1936Camera Work V, 190419.5 x 12.2 cmHalftone
04/03/2015

'Struggle'
Robert Demachy, b.1859-1936
Camera Work V, 1904
19.5 x 12.2 cm
Halftone

Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860Tate Britain: Exhibition25 February – 7 June 2015
03/02/2015
Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860 | Tate

Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860
Tate Britain: Exhibition
25 February – 7 June 2015

First exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper print photography entitled, Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860, Tate Britain 25 February to 7 June 2015

'Portrait' Edward Steichen, b.1879-1973Camera Work II, 190316.9 x 13.2 cmHalftone
03/02/2015

'Portrait'
Edward Steichen, b.1879-1973
Camera Work II, 1903
16.9 x 13.2 cm
Halftone

A Look Inside the World's First Photo Book from 1843
02/07/2015
A Look Inside the World's First Photo Book from 1843

A Look Inside the World's First Photo Book from 1843

Want to see what it's like to flip through the first photo book that ever appeared in the world? The online show Objectivity recently paid a visit to The R

How to identify a photogravure. A guide provided by the Image Permanence Institute
01/28/2015
Graphics Atlas: Identification

How to identify a photogravure. A guide provided by the Image Permanence Institute

One key indicator of the photogravure process is a fine aquatint grain. This can often be seen with the low magnification of a loupe, although in certain instances a microscope may be necessary.

'The Street-Design for a Poster'Alfred Stieglitz, b.1864-1946Camera Work III, 190317.6 x 13.3 cmPhotogravure
01/05/2015

'The Street-Design for a Poster'
Alfred Stieglitz, b.1864-1946
Camera Work III, 1903
17.6 x 13.3 cm
Photogravure

"This blank Camera Work subscription form for the year 1905 was mailed by publisher Alfred Stieglitz to  photographer C....
11/30/2014

"This blank Camera Work subscription form for the year 1905 was mailed by publisher Alfred Stieglitz to photographer C.M. Shipman in Brooklyn, New York. (145 Milton St.) Included but not shown is the original mailing envelope (8.7 x 10.8 cm) addressed to Shipman in Stieglitz’s hand with a New York postmark of December 22, 1904. This subscription “blank” was folded in half for mailing. The form was most likely requested by the photographer as it is not marked as expiring with any No. of the journal. The form calls attention to the work of Scottish photographer James Craig Annan, which would appear shortly in Camera Work VIII. The back of the “blank” has been left unprinted, with the intent it would be filled in by the recipient and mailed back to Stieglitz in order to fulfill a subscription to the journal, which cost $5.00 per year and an additional .50¢ for registering and packing. This rare piece of Camera Work ephemera is shown here as a composite image in order to show the particulars of the subscription solicitation. Stieglitz edited and published Camera Work in 50 issues from 1903-1917."

Camera Work subscription form from PhotoSeed Archive

'Speed' Robert Demachy,  b.1859-1936Camera Work VII, 190412.5 x 18 cmHalftone
11/20/2014

'Speed'
Robert Demachy, b.1859-1936
Camera Work VII, 1904
12.5 x 18 cm
Halftone

11/15/2014
Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography

Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
October 21, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Philadelphia Museum of Art

This major retrospective presents the work of a critical figure in the history of modern art, American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand (1890–1976), whose archive of nearly 4,000 prints stands as a cornerstone of the Museum’s collection. Read more here http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/805.html

In a single, comprehensive exhibition, view the life’s work of one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century, including his breakthroughs ...

Editor Alfred Stieglitz gave background to Cameron’s work he published in Camera Work XLI, (1913) with a nod to her wi...
10/25/2014

Editor Alfred Stieglitz gave background to Cameron’s work he published in Camera Work XLI, (1913) with a nod to her willingness to break rules when it came to portraiture: "Mrs. Cameron realized what few could then appreciate, the difficulty of dealing with the critically sharp definition of the portrait lens, and it was to meet her requirements that instruments were made with an adjustment by which the required degree of spherical aberration could be introduced at will."

Vintage letterpress page from PhotoSeed Archive.

'Herschel'Julia Margaret Cameron b.1815-1879Camera Work XLI, 191321.4 x 15.6 cmPhotogravure
10/25/2014

'Herschel'
Julia Margaret Cameron
b.1815-1879
Camera Work XLI, 1913
21.4 x 15.6 cm
Photogravure

'The Seasons'Alice Boughton, b.1866-1943Camera Work XXVI, 190920.8 x 15.6 cmPhotogravure
08/11/2014

'The Seasons'
Alice Boughton, b.1866-1943
Camera Work XXVI, 1909
20.8 x 15.6 cm
Photogravure

Art Talk with George Eastman House - Google+
06/17/2014
Art Talk with George Eastman House - Google+

Art Talk with George Eastman House - Google+

*Thursday, 12th June at 12pm ET*, join us for a live #ArtTalk with *George Eastman House* about the daguerreotype —the first successful photographic process — and *ask your questions to the speakers* during the online broadcast! George Eastman House holds a vast, historically important and aestheti…

'A Street in China'Baron Adolf De Meyer, b.1868-1946Camera Work XL, 191223.5 x 15 cmPhotogravure
06/15/2014

'A Street in China'
Baron Adolf De Meyer, b.1868-1946
Camera Work XL, 1912
23.5 x 15 cm
Photogravure

'Windblown' Heinrich Kuehn, b.1866-1944Camera Work ###III, 191119.3 x 13.7 cmPhotogravure
05/03/2014

'Windblown'
Heinrich Kuehn, b.1866-1944
Camera Work ###III, 1911
19.3 x 13.7 cm
Photogravure

'Group on a Hill Road - Grananda'James Craig Annan, b.1864-1946Camera Work XLIV, 191411.5 x 18.1 cmPhotogravure
04/03/2014

'Group on a Hill Road - Grananda'
James Craig Annan, b.1864-1946
Camera Work XLIV, 1914
11.5 x 18.1 cm
Photogravure

'Venice'Edward Steichen, b.1879-1973Camera Work XLIV, 191316.5 x 19.9 cmPhotogravure
02/22/2014

'Venice'
Edward Steichen, b.1879-1973
Camera Work XLIV, 1913
16.5 x 19.9 cm
Photogravure

Alfred Stieglitz pictured at his gallery, 291
02/22/2014

Alfred Stieglitz pictured at his gallery, 291

"Why should not the camera artist break away from the worn out conventions... and claim the freedom of expression which ...
01/31/2014

"Why should not the camera artist break away from the worn out conventions... and claim the freedom of expression which any art must have to be alive"
Alvin Langdon Coburn

'Alfred Stieglitz'
Alvin Langdon Coburn, b.1882-1966
Camera Work XXI, 1908
15.7 cm diameter
Photogravure

Gertrude Käsebier and Clarence H. White exhibition at the Little Galleries of the Photo Secession, 1906. Published in C...
01/30/2014

Gertrude Käsebier and Clarence H. White exhibition at the Little Galleries of the Photo Secession, 1906. Published in Camera Work, No 14, 1906

Happy 150th birthday, Alfred!Alfred Stieglitz (January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946) was an American photographer and moder...
01/06/2014

Happy 150th birthday, Alfred!

Alfred Stieglitz (January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946) was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. In addition to his photography, Stieglitz is known for the New York art galleries that he ran in the early part of the 20th century, where he introduced many avant-garde European artists to the U.S. He was married to painter Georgia O'Keeffe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Stieglitz

Photographer Alfred Stieglitz was born on January 1, 1864, making him 150 years old on New Year's Day.
01/06/2014
New Mexico Museum of Art - Happy birthday Alfred Stieglitz! - 1/1/2014

Photographer Alfred Stieglitz was born on January 1, 1864, making him 150 years old on New Year's Day.

Portrait of Alfred Stieglitz by Gertrude Käsebier taken 1902, Courtesy Library of Congress Photographer Alfred Stieglitz was born on January 1, 1864, making him 150 years old on New Year's Day

01/06/2014
Manhatta: A Film by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler

A day in the life of lower Manhattan...

In 1920 Paul Strand and artist Charles Sheeler collaborated on Manhatta, a short silent film that presents a day in the life of lower Manhattan. Inspired by ...

'Winter - Fifth Avenue'Alfred Stieglitz, b.1864-1946Camera Work XII, 190521.9 x 15.3 cmPhotogravure
01/06/2014

'Winter - Fifth Avenue'
Alfred Stieglitz, b.1864-1946
Camera Work XII, 1905
21.9 x 15.3 cm
Photogravure

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