Helmut Gernsheim: Pioneer of Photo History

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Helmut Gernsheim recognized very early on that the medium of photography could stand as an art form in its own right, and he devoted much of his life to rigorous research in the field. In 1945, he laid the cornerstone for the now-famous Gernsheim Collection with his discovery of long-forgotten masterpieces from the early years of photography, including the oldest surviving photographic image, a picture dating from 1826/27. His sensational find established Nicéphore Niépce—and not Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre—as ...
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Overview

Helmut Gernsheim recognized very early on that the medium of photography could stand as an art form in its own right, and he devoted much of his life to rigorous research in the field. In 1945, he laid the cornerstone for the now-famous Gernsheim Collection with his discovery of long-forgotten masterpieces from the early years of photography, including the oldest surviving photographic image, a picture dating from 1826/27. His sensational find established Nicéphore Niépce—and not Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre—as the inventor of photography. Gernsheim organized his first photo exhibitions in the early 50s. His monumental History of Photography was published in 1955 and translated into numerous languages. In 2002, the contemporary section of Gernsheim's photo collection, including his own photographs, his entire archive, and his extensive library, became part of the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim. This lavishly illustrated book, devoted to Helmut Gernsheim's work as a historian, collector, and photographer, is published on the occasion of his 90th birthday. It offers a unique look at 20th-century photography and represents an invaluable contribution to international research on the history of photography.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783775713801
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Words of Greeting: The Fascination of Photography 11
Remembering Helmut Gernsheim 13
Meeting Helmut Gernsheim 15
Helmut Gernsheim: Pioneer Collector and Historian of Photography 19
The Two Historical Gernsheim Collections at the University of Texas 45
Helmut Gernsheim and His Photographic Collection in Sweden 53
Bringing Up Baby: Helmut Gernsheim, Beaumont Newhall, and the Chilhood of Photo History 63
Helmut Gernsheim and Julia Margaret Cameron: A Personal Tribute 77
Helmut Gernsheim's History of Photography: A Marginal Note 83
Which History of Photography? 87
An Interview with L. Fritz Gruber 91
Helmut Gernsheim: The Collection as Mirror 97
Catalouge: Commentaries and Biographies 105
App Chronology 330
Selected Bibliography 348
About the Authors 375
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