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Camera Work.
Facsimile Reproduction.

Photographs by Edward Steichen, Gertrude Käsebier, Clarence White, Frederick Evans, Robert Demachy, Alvin Langdon Coburn, James Craig Annan, Alfred Stieglitz, David Octavius Hill, Frank Eugene, Paul B. Haviland, Annie Brigman, et al.
Pierre Vreyen, Saint Louis, USA, 2018. In English. 3924 pp., color and black-and-white illustrations, 8¼x11½x12¾".



Publisher's Description

51 Volume Set.
Includes facsimile reproductions of all 50 original Camera Work volumes, as well as an additional volume serving as a table of contents.

Printed on semi-gloss laminated paper with matte laminated wrappers.

Camera Work was a photographic quarterly edited and published by Alfred Stieglitz in New York between 1903 and 1917. During this time, 50 numbered issues were released. Of the 50, 44 were regular issues, 3 were double issues (no. 34 & 35, no. 42 & 43, and no. 49 & 50), 2 were special numbers, and 1 was a supplemental issue devoted to the photography of Edward Steichen, who was also responsible for every publication’s cover design.

Camera Work unofficially began as the mouthpiece for the Photo-Secession, a group of photographers devoted to promoting photography as a fine art. Started by Stieglitz, the Photo-Secession is best known for the introduction of Pictorialism into the art world. As such, Camera Work is filled with the beautiful photography of artists such as Edward Steichen, Gertrude Käsebier, Clarence White, Frederick Evans, Robert Demachy, Alvin Langdon Coburn, James Craig Annan, Alfred Stieglitz, David Octavius Hill, Frank Eugene, Paul B. Haviland, and Annie Brigman, as well as other non-photographic artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Marius De Zayas, and Manuel Manolo.

Given its impressive cast of contributors and extensive reach, Camera Work is widely considered to be the most historically important photography magazine of all time. The images on the pages of Camera Work were mainly presented in the form of photogravures. The photogravure is a laborious photomechanical process that allows the printer to expertly render detail and continuous tones, thus making it an obvious choice for Stieglitz to use in his publication.

Stieglitz also included text in his publication. From articles on art to poems, reviews of exhibitions to critiques, and photographic techniques to product reviews, one is sure to find something of interest to read. The last few pages of each number were reserved for advertisements, though some of them could now be considered works of art. Looking at the ads, one cannot help but smile at a bygone era and think that all the photographs shown on the pages of Camera Work were probably made using the equipment and products advertised.

Photographer and photogravure admirer Pierre Vreyen has published, for the first time, a high quality, facsimile of all 50 issues. He incorporated high-resolution scans made from each original Camera Work plate and painstakingly reproduced each page as close to the original as possible. One can now read and appreciate every single page published by Alfred Stieglitz in his photographic quarterly. It took two years to digitize, clean, and color correct all 3924 pages and covers. The result of such meticulous work is a faithful facsimile publication. A bonus new issue, number 51, was created and is a table of contents of all previous 50 issues.

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