Photography: 10 Years of Acquisitions

Renowned contemporary photographers such as Barbara Crane, Linda Conner, Elliott Erwitt, Ray Metzker, and Jerry Uelsmann will be included in the newest exhibit at Haverford College's Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery.

"Photography: Ten Years of Acquisitions," running January 24 - February 23, features 75 photographs and photographic books in a variety of styles and genres acquired by the College over the last decade. In addition to the artists previously mentioned, the exhibit will have 19th and early 20th century works by James P. Ball, Francis Firth, Lottie Jacobi, Walker Evans, Paul Strand, and James Van der Zee.

"The exhibition will feature works acquired before 1992 to demonstrate how the Haverford collection has broadened its holdings of such key photographers as Evans, Strand and Van der Zee," says Williams Williams, professor and chair of Haverford's department of fine arts and curator of the exhibit.

The photographic book has played an important role in photography collecting at Haverford over the past decade, and will be a prominent component of the exhibit. "The significance of the book as an original expression of the photographer's vision has only recently become an active part of the critical discourse in photography," says Williams. Featured books include a selection of photographs from the Gilman Paper Company, several of Paul Strand's collections, Karl Bickel's Mangrove Coast, and the first edition of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, by Walker Evans and James Agee.

A highlight of "Ten Years of Acquisitions" will be the 1930 editions of Pairs' Black Sun Press and New York's Liverwright Press printings of Hart Crane's poem The Bridge. Written in tribute to the Brooklyn Bridge, The Bridge is acknowledged as one of American literature's masterpieces, and was the first published book to include Walker Evans' photographs. The two printings will be shown alongside the 1994 Eakins Press Gravure portfolio of nine of Evans' photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge.

"The ability to see both the book and Evans' gravure prints of the bridge allows for an appreciation of the poem and the photographs," says Williams.