Saturday, November 14, 2009

camera work magazine (1903-1917)

"Dawn" by Alice Boughton, photograph circa 1909

"Spider-webs" by Alan Langdon Coburn, photography circa 1908

"Experiment in Three-Color Photography" by Edward Steichen, photograph circa 1906

"Black Bowl" by George Seeley, photograph circa 1907

"York Minster: 'In Sure and Certain Hope" by Frederick H. Evans, photograph circa 1903

Camera Work was a quarterly photographic journal published by Alfred Stieglitz from 1903 to 1917. It is known for its many high-quality photogravures by some of the most important photographers in the world and its editorial purpose to establish photography as a fine art. It has been called "consummately intellectual", "by far the most beautiful of all photographic magazines", and "a portrait of an age in which the artistic sensibility of the nineteenth century was transformed into the artistic awareness of the present day."

A collection of Camera Work was appraised in Philadelphia on a 2007 episode of Antiques Roadshow with an estimated worth of $60,000 to $90,000. As of 2008, individual issues routinely sell for $2,000 to $5,000 depending upon the number and quality of photogravures in the issue.

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