Re: Eastman House gum prints
No, I have not come across them, but the person to ask is Joe Strubleemail@example.com Joe was infinitely helpful to me, as well as directing me to catalogs of former shows with names of photographers in them and where their work resides. I bought one of them from a show in 1990's, and will check to see if the Johnsons are in there. What process were they known for? Your best bet is the American Photography Journal because at the top of every table of contents they have a list of artist works in each journal, so all the names of the time are there. It runs from....1907-22, 16 vols. Is that the time they were working? That said, the reproductions of works at that time were so bad. We have it great now with our photo mags.
I have found that my brain works best if I have only about 5 or so terms in it to scan indexes. Bi-gum, bichromate, gum, pigment processes, photo-aquatint, gummidruck, direct carbon, carbon, etc. all those I have to keep in the back of my mind and believe me, it is hard to think of that many terms while scanning! AND, if I dare to think of the word platinum, then I become ADHD and dart off into a new path. It is the bizarrest phenomenon. So I haven't been scanning names of gummists. To add insult to injury, an article could be titled "A New Process" and be about gum, too.
I realize I could spend a summer here easily. If I had the $$. Which I don't.
Mark Osterman is here most days, researching also. Did I say he is starting a masters in historic processes at Univ of Rochester in conjunction with the GEH? He, get this, has an EIGHT year grant to do so.
Judy, the NYPL has tons of photo stuff, I have found, by searching worldcat. But when I asked about photocopying some stuff, they never replied to my email. So you are lucky to live there and harass them in person. However, GEH has more than I could ever need.
Those in the midwest, the Mertle Rare Books Library at the Univ of MN is the second most extensive collection in the US, in fact, the Wilson Library at the Univ of MN has the most books under one roof if I am not mistaken (all books, not just photo). I found lots of stuff there in the past. And my son lives there so free lodging. But, not 100 photography journals!
And in the day and age of digital cameras, I have 300pp now digitized...that way when I get called on my sources as is wont to happen here every now and then, I can have them right in front of me :)
BTW if you come here, you HAVE to go to the Wegman's grocery store--none other like it anywhere. Organic prime beef, $30lb, fois gras, $115lb, sushi, seafood bar in the middle, every food item imaginable.
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