Noteworthy: Photography’s Unsung Pioneers

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm

“Schoolboys,” 1952, by Ilse Bing.

Take quick note of a good article on some recent auctioned photographers’ work highlighted in the New York Times :

PARIS — Some of the most interesting photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries picked up their craft by accident and the impact that their sophisticated background had on their work remains unsung to this day. Two auctions held at Drouot at the end of the 2009 season highlighted this little known facet of Western cultural history.

Of special note, in this article by Souren Melikian, is the story of the novice Beasley Greene who before his death at 24 had created an historic portfolio of photographs taken along the Nile.

The mastery of other early photographers is outlined, such as Ilse Bing with her “newly invented Leica” she acquired in 1929.

The variety of talent from these early days is re-discovered here.

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