New York: Alfred Stieglitz, 1908. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. 44pp. [16 pages of publisher's ads]. Original grey paper wrappers with white lettering on the covers, specially mounted on grey cloth boards for Stieglitz. Pages uncut. Dated April, 1908. Cover design by Eduard Steichen.
This is issue #22 of the seminal quarterly art photography publication edited and published by pioneering photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946). It contains a total of 3 beautiful color photographic plates (autochromes) by acclaimed photographer Eduard Steichen (1879-1973). Also included are various essays and articles on photography and aesthetic theory from a number of notable and historically important contributors to the field, including photographers and art critics, many of whom were members of or associated with the Photo-Secession.
The images included here are: "G. Bernard Shaw", "On the House-boat - The Log Cabin" and "Portrait - Lady H." All are reproduced in high quality offset printing (four-color reproductions) on heavy stock paper, tipped-in onto the full-page plates. The printing of the plates are credited to the German photography firm Bruckmann, in Munich. These images and their reproductions are both considered quite early examples of both taking and reproducing color photographs for the general public. The pioneering Lumiere brothers had first patented their early color photographic process known as Autochrome Lumière (using the principle of additive color), in 1903, and at the time of this publication, the process had only been on the market for a year (first marketed in 1907).
Text content includes a comparatively lengthy article on color photography by Eduard Steichen himself, an article discussing Stieglitz recent expulsion from the The Camera Club of New York (including a reproduction of text of the letters sent to Stieglitz), "Rumpus in A Hen House" by art critic Charles H. Caffin (1854 -1918), and reviews of Auguste Rodin drawings at 291, among other articles. The final 16 un-numbered pages contain beautifully printed period advertisements for photography-related businesses, including a relevant advertisement for Autochrome Lumière.
Binding with minor rubbing and bumping to corners, light smudges to the covers. Minor creases to the top right corner of the front cover. Spine sunned with light scratches and some light rubbing to the head and tail. Interior with starting at the list of plates and p.14. Sporadic light foxing and/or damp staining to the edges and margins of some pages as well some of the initial leaves, including the interior covers, front free endpapers and the title. Binding and interior in very good- to very good condition overall. vg- to vg. Item #49998
* Agnes Ernst Meyer (1887-1970) was an American journalist, philanthropist, civil rights activist, and art patron. She was a close a collaborator and friend of photographer Alfred Stieglitz, with whom she publishing the arts and literary magazine "291" (from 1915-916). She first encountered the work of photo-secession group, when she chanced upon Stieglitz's Gallery 291, while work as a reporter for the New York Sun newspaper. She was one of the first female journalists to work at the paper. Due to this fact Stieglitz often referred to her as the "Sun Girl". Along with Katharine Rhoades and Marion Beckett she was known as the one of "The Three Graces" of the Alfred Stieglitz artistic circle. She is well known for her political activism throughout her life on behalf many causes, including public education and racial equality in America.