Sunday, August 30, 2015

(little baba's quiet joy)

(an Araki kinda day)

Mina Loy's "Aphorisms on Futurism"

Curiously enough, Mina Loy's "Aphorisms on Futurism" appeared in Camera Work (No. 45) in 1914 (pp. 17-19).

I imagine I can hear Stieglitz's unspoken editorial thoughts on these, even as he published them. Just because.

Stieglitz's "Announcement" in the Twelfth Issue of Camera Work (1906)

Interesting notes on process with the magazine here. (Sorry, the spacing didn't carry over in the cut and paste.)

Camera Work. 1906 AN AN N O U N CEM EN T C A M E R A W O R K has been before the public for three years, twelve numbers having been issued, and during that period its position as the leading exponent o f modern pictorial photography throughout the world has been established beyond dispute. T h e principles originally enunciated have been adhered to. W e have presented to the public the very best in photography, European as well as Am erican, in a manner w hich has never before been attempted by any art-journal. W hen we say we have presented the very best we mean that our choice in illustrations has been guided solely by considerations o f art, and the critical world has endorsed our efforts. Undoubtedly the ch ief features o f Camera W ork have been the manner o f presentation o f the pictures and the quality o f the reproductions. In many instances these “ reproductions” can in reality be considered original prints, having been made directly from the original negatives and printed in the spirit o f the original picture and retaining all its quality. That the photogravures published in Camera W ork are unusual in this respect is proven by the fact that in the 1904 exhibition o f the Societe L'Effort, Brussels, one o f the leading art History Principles Pictures Camera W ork Gravures in Foreign Exhibition Individual Value o f Plates Number X III Number X IV societies o f that very live art-center, the Exhibition Committee, in lieu o f the Photo-Secession exhibit, which had gone astray, took about thirty o f the gravures w hich had been published in Camera W ork, mounted and framed them, and hung them as representing America in their exhibition o f that year. According to the criticisms published this little American section proved the success o f the exhibition. It was not until after its close that it became generally known that the American Section had consisted entirely of Camera W ork photogravures. This speaks eloquently for the value o f the individual Camera W ork gravures for mounting and framing. As in the past, our efforts have been directed toward the advancement o f pictorial photography regardless o f school or country, so in the future w ill our magazine live up to its established prestige. P rospectus for X906 Number X III w ill be devoted to the work o f the founders of the Viennese School— Messrs. Kuhn, Henneberg, and W atzek— and w ill contain 12 gravure proofs on Japan tissue, the plates o f which were made in Europe under the personal supervision o f M r. Heinrich Kuhn and printed in N ew Y o rk under our own eyes. In addition to the gravures a number o f half-tone illustrations w ill be included. Number X IV w ill be devoted to the recent work o f M r, Eduard J. Steichen. About twelve plates, including several examples pf his interesting color-printing and color-photography, are to appear in it. T h e pictures w ill embrace some o f M r. Steichen’s series o f distinguished men and women, as also Nudes, Landscapes, etc., etc. Numbers X V and X V I w ill contain pictures by Joseph T . K eiley, George H . Seeley, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Frank Eugene, Sarah C. Sears, W illiam B. Dyer, and a number o f others. Numbers X V and X V I Regular Subscription P rice T h e subscription price of the regular issue o f Camera W ork is six dollars a year for Am erica and six dollars and fifty cents for all foreign countries. Subscriptions at that price begin w ith current numbers. Single copies w ill cost three dollars upward, and all back numbers are at a premium. W e earnestly advise that subscribers remit an extra fifty cents w ith the price o f their subscriptions to pay for extra packing and registering, as w e assume no responsibility after the magazine has left our hands. Registering and packing ensures safe delivery. Sample copies $3.00 each. Foreign and American Subscription Price Registering and Packing Sample Copies Back numbers are scarce. Prices quoted at request. Back Numbers Supplement to Number X V Price Notes Camera W o rk Supplement Supplementary to the regular edition o f Number X V we have in preparation a series o f additional plates, the work o f M r. Steichen, not heretofore published, which we shall issue simultaneously with that number. This supplement w ill contain about twelve to fifteen o f these additional plates. Most o f the photogravures are made from glass positives specially prepared for this edition by M r. Steichen himself. T h e year’s subscription for Numbers X III, X IV , X V , and X V I, and the Supplement, together with the registering and packing o f all the issues, will be ten dollars. T o non-subscribers, and for extra copies o f the Supplement, the price w ill be five dollars up to the date o f publication. Thereafter the price w ill be raised considerably. N otes W e reserve the right to make such changes as may be found necessary in the above series, but we guarantee that all subscribers w ill receive a full equivalent for their money. Kindly remember that subscriptions to Camera W ork are a handsome and appreciated gift. Even those not interested in photography per se enjoy beautiful pictures and beautiful bookmaking. W e should be glad if you would show your copies o f Camera W ork to your friends. Number I Kasebier Number Number II Steichen Number Number III W hite Number Number IV Evans (London) Number Number V Dem achy (France) Number Number V I Coburn Number Number V II The Hofmeister (Hamburg) Number Number V III J. Craig Annan (Scotland) Number Number IX Schiitze and W hite Number P i c t o r i a l S y n o p s i s o f N u m b e r s A l r e a d y I s s u e d Contains six Japan-tissue photogravure proofs o f Mrs. Gertrude Kasebier' s work; the original photogravure pulls o f “ T he H and o f M an,” by Alfred Stieglitz; and a Japan-tissue proof o f “ Birds,” by Radcliffe Dugmore, etc., etc. Contains eleven o f M r. Eduard J. Steichen s pictures, six o f which are photogravures pulled on Japan tissue, one on plate-paper, and four special-process plates printed on woodcut-paper. Contains five o f M r. Clarence H. White's pictures, three o f which are Japan-tissue photogravures, and two half-tones. Beside these the number contains Japan-tissue gravures o f a Coburn and o f a Stieglitz, “ The Brooklyn Bridge— N ight,” by John Francis Strauss, and a duplex print o f a Joseph T. Keiley, etc., etc. Contains six architectural pictures by Frederick H. Evans, o f London, four o f which are photogravures, and two half-tones. T h e issue also contains the “ Flat-iron,” by Alfred Stieglitz. Includes six pictures by Robert Demachy, o f France— three reproduced in photogravure and pulled on Japan tissue, and three in special half-tone. Besides these are included Japan-tissue proofs o f Frank Eugene s “ La Cigale ” and Prescott Adamson s “ M idst Steam and Smoke.” Contains the work o f Alvin Langdon Coburn, five o f which are reproduced in photogravure and one in half-tone in two printings. W . B. Post's “ W in ter” in photogravure is also published in this issue. Contains six pictures by Theodore and Oscar Hofmeister, o f Hamburg; three Japan-tissue proof gravures and three half-tone plates. Besides these there are full-page plates by Mary Devens, Eduard J. Steichen; and two by Robert Demachy. Contains six original Japan-tissue gravures o f M r. J . Craig Annan s (Scotland) pictures reproduced and printed in Scotland in his own establishment. A gravure o f a portrait study by A lvin Langdon Coburn and a photogravure o f one o f M r. Evans' (London) architectural subjects. Contains four pictures by E va Watson-Schutze, three in gravure and one in half-tone; and also five pictures by Clarence H. W hite— all photogravure proofs pulled on Japan tissue. Number X Kasebier Number II Number XI D. O. Hill (Scotland) and Horsley Hinton (London) Number Contains another series of six Kasebier s; all Japan-tissue proof gravures. Also two full plate pictures by C. Tarnall Abbott. Contains six pictures by D. O. H ill (Scotland), who is the real father o f modern photography, although the originals of these prints were made sixty years ago. Three o f the plates are Japan-tissue proof gravures made by M r . J. Craig Annan directly from the original negatives o f H ill, so that this edition may be considered unusually valuable. T he other three are halftone reproductions. Tw o Japan-tissue proofs o f M r. A . Horsley Hinton s (London) landscapes, as well as half-tone plates o f Steichen s “ Rodin— Le Penseur,” and Demachys “ L ’Effort.” Contains eight Japan-tissue proofs in photogravure of M r. Stieglitz s work as well as two plates done in half-tone. Also three Japan-tissue proofs in gravure of the work o f F . Benedict Herzog, etc., etc. Number XII Stieglitz and F. Benedict Herzog Number Literary Features The literary part of the above numbers is quite as important as the pictorial and contains a series o f articles especially written for Camera W ork b y the following writers : George Bernard Shaw, Maurice Maeterlinck, Charles H . Caffin, Robert Demachy, Roland Rood, Dallett Fuguet, R. Child Bayley, J. Craig Annan, J. B. Kerfoot, Joseph T . Keiley, A . Horsley Hinton, F. H . Evans, and others. A L F R E D S T I E G L I T Z . Literary Feature A ll remittances, orders, etc., should be addressed to M R . A L F R E D S T I E G L I T Z 1 1 1 1 Madison Avenue New Y o r k , N. Y

Sonic Youth's Great Taste in Art

is discussed here.

I just saw something in a t.v. commercial that looked like Pettibon's work, and was researching that, which is how I stumbled on this article.

Zeiss Lenses

As it was then, so it is now.

These are still in quality cameras you're buying in chain stores and everywhere else.

This is from the advertising at the back of Camera Work in 1904.

Here are three more ads from the same issue of Camera Work. It's interesting to note how popular the pictorialist aesthetic was in that period, as evidenced by the ad hawking a lens which was alleged to achieve that painterly effect in photography.

Here are the Terms of Your Subscription (1903)

C A M E R A W O R K : AN illustrated quarterly magazine devoted
to Photography. Published and edited by
Alfred Stieglitz. Associate Editors: Joseph
T . Keiley, Dallett Fuguet, John Francis Strauss. Subscription for four
issues, in advance Five Dollars. Price for single copy of this number at
present, Three Dollars. The right to increase the price of subscription
without notice is reserved. A ll copies are mailed at the risk of the
subscriber; positively no duplicates. Registering and special packing, Fifty
Cents extra. The management binds itself to no stated size or fixed
number of illustrations, though subscribers may feel assured of receiving the
full equivalent o f their subscription. W hile inviting contributions upon
any topic related to Photography, unavailable manuscript or photographs
will not be returned unless so requested and accompanied by required return
postage. Address all communications and remittances to Alfred Stieglitz,
162 Leonard Street, New Y ork, U . S. A . T h e Evans gravure and
half-tone illustrations in this number by J. J. Waddington, Ltd., London,
England; the others by T he Photochrome Engraving Company, New
York. Arranged and printed on the presses o f Fleming & Carnrick, New
Y ork. This issue, N o. 4, is dated October, 1903