A much needed compilation of influential articulations by teacher, curator, editor, and photo historian whose students went on to be equally influential in a wide array of fields affecting photography and photographers. Also includes very thorough and readable biography. I'm particularly glad to have his lectures on snapshot finally in print because he so predates all the people who think they recently discovered the importance of snapshot aesthetics to other photographers.
Printing was critical to success of this book in which Hugo portrays South African friends with faces blackened by his technical process, not just blackened, but depending on the pigment, sometimes seeming marred or modeled. The pictures are disquieting.
An important body of work finally in print after years of being described and content rumored.
Anne Wilkes Tucker received undergraduate degrees from Randolph Macon Woman's College and Rochester Institute of Technology and a graduate degree from the Visual Studies Workshop, a division of the State University of New York. After working in various museums and universities, she founded the photography department at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1976 and is currently the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator. That collection now has over 28,000 photographs made on all seven continents. Ms. Tucker has curated over forty exhibitions, most of which were accompanied by a publication, and has contributed essays to many additional monographs and catalogues and published many articles. She has also lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America and been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Brown Foundation Dora Maar Fellowship, the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, and The Getty Center. In 2001, in an issue devoted to "America's Best," TIME magazine honored her as "America's Best Curator." She was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Focus Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2006 and received an Alumnae Achievement Award from Randolph Macon Woman's College. In 2011 she received an honorary doctorate from the College at Brockport State University of New York.