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Alfred Stieglitz, Editor
'CAMERA WORK: A PHOTOGRAPHIC QUARTERLY'
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
35
Alfred Stieglitz, Editor
'CAMERA WORK: A PHOTOGRAPHIC QUARTERLY'
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Photographs

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New York

Alfred Stieglitz, Editor
1864-1946
'CAMERA WORK: A PHOTOGRAPHIC QUARTERLY'
(New York: Alfred Stieglitz, 1903-17), the complete set of 50 Numbers, the Steichen Supplement, and the 2 Special Numbers, illustrated with photogravures and halftones after photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, George Seeley, Adolf de Meyer, Karl Struss, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Gertrude Käsebier, Heinrich Kühn, Anne Brigman, Clarence White, and many others.  Numbers 1 through 47, the Steichen Supplement, and two Special Numbers bound without wrappers or advertisements in 12 volumes, red 3/4 morocco, marbled endpapers, edges trimmed, spines and top edges gilt; an E. Weyhe Camera Work prospectus and the pamphlet Photo-Secessionist and Its Opponents: Another Letter—The Sixth laid in, a Century magazine article bound in after Number 8; Numbers 48 and 49/50 in the original wrappers as issued (14)
The plates various sizes
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Provenance

Numbers 1 – 48:
Likely E. Weyhe, New York
Collection of Arthur Siegel
Christie’s East, 15 May 1980, Sale 100A, Lot 30

Numbers 49/50:
Sotheby’s New York, 16 May 1981, Sale 4611M, Lot 19

Catalogue Note

This well-preserved set of Camera Work, offered here bound in red morocco, is believed to have been sold by the New York art dealer and publisher Erhard Weyhe (1882-1972), whose gallery and bookshop on Lexington Avenue promoted not only prints and art books, but also photography.  Weyhe and Stieglitz were friends who frequented each other’s galleries and worked with some of the same artists.  Laid in the present set’s first volume is a prospectus issued by the Weyhe firm, announcing that ‘we have recently obtained from the publisher a large stock of Camera Work, the remainder of this unique publication, and we are now offering the public a chance to obtain copies, both singly and in sets.’

All but the last issue of this complete set of Camera Work comes originally from the collection of the photographer Arthur Siegel (1913-1978), best known for his association with Chicago’s New Bauhaus, later the Institute of Design (ID).  First a student, and then a teacher, at this pioneering institution, Siegel organized the ID’s first course in the history of photography.  His connoisseurship of the medium’s history was evident in the breadth of his collection which included an Albert Sands Southworth self-portrait daguerreotype and early prints by Moholy-Nagy, Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston, Minor White, Weegee, and others.

Photographs

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New York