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  • Catalogue Essay

    Produced between 1903 and 1917, Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work is one of the most ambitious publishing projects in the history of photographic literature. Within its 15-year lifespan it encompassed the shifting dominant modes of photography and traced the medium’s evolution from Pictorialism to Modernism. Not only did it showcase images by the most important photographers of the day, it introduced new artwork by Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Paul Cézanne to its readership. The production values of the journal remained exceedingly high throughout its run, with many of its illustrations appearing in photogravure.

    This nearly complete set of Camera Work lacks the first issue but is otherwise intact. It includes Number 47 in duplicate; one of these is signed and inscribed by Stieglitz. In addition to issues devoted exclusively to the work of Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand, this set includes the photogravure of Stieglitz’s Icy Night that appears in an advertisement for Goerz lenses in Number 4; Steichen’s graphic design for the Little Galleries of the Photo Secession in Number 13; and a photogravure of Coburn’s Broadway and the Singer Building by Night that appears in an ad for his forthcoming book New York in Number 32. Each of the 50 volumes in this lot is housed in a handsome modern custom-made linen clamshell box.

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Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly

New York: Alfred Stieglitz, 1903-1917. A nearly complete set comprising Numbers 2-50, Steichen Supplement (1906), two Special Numbers (1912 and 1913), and duplicate copies of No. 47, all illustrated with photogravures and halftones. Original wrappers, each contained within a gray linen clamshell case with printed title affixed to the spine.
Varying dimensions from 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (7 x 7 cm) to 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (29.1 x 21.1 cm) or the reverse

Estimate
$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $131,250

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The Odyssey of Collecting: Photographs from Joy of Giving Something Foundation

New York 3 October 2017