100 Years of Camera Work

  April 1 - June 14, 2003

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents 100 Years of Camera Work. Camera Work, the great quarterly journal dedicated to photography, criticism, and modernist art, is the central focus of the exhibition 100 Years of Camera Work. Published between 1903 and 1917 by Alfred Stieglitz, the journal was one of the stellar achievements of 20th century American culture. It contributed greatly to establishing photography as a high art. 100 Years of Camera Work celebrates the impact that the journal had by exhibiting UMBC's entire holding in a very rare public display of an exceedingly rare publication. In recognition of the powerful influence that Camera Work had upon the development of Modernism in photography, 20th century art photographs made following 1917 have been selected from UMBC's Photography Collections to complement the exhibition of Camera Work.

The pages of Camera Work feature significant photography by such outstanding artists as Gertrude Käsebier, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, George Seeley, Eva Watson-Schütze, and Alvin Langdon Coburn. Other modernist artists whose work appears in the journal include Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and Francis Picabia. Among the famous writers who are published there include Charles H. Caffin, George Bernard Shaw, Sadakichi Hartman, Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, and Mabel Dodge Luhan. Among the works to be included in the exhibition are many by modernists such as Ralph Gibson, Jaromir Stephany, David Plowden, Minor White, Judy Dater, Olivia Parker, Barbara Crane, Barbara Young, and Lotte Jacobi.

This program is supported in part by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.