The history of photography is Beaumont Newhall! Throughout most of the 20th century he has seen a central figure in the movement to have photography recognized as an art form. It might also be said that he created the "history of photography" as a distinct and respected field of study. As a founder and father of the history of photography, photographer, curator, art historian, writer, scholar, teacher and administrator it seems as if there has been more than one Beaumont Newhall. Beginning in 1938 at the Museum of Modern Art, he created the first retrospective exhibition of the 100-year-old art of photography. This film highlights some of Beaumont's experiences of being a lifelong friend, mentor and confident of many photographers now in the annals of history.
Please check back at a later date for Part 2 & Part 3 of this series. Originally broadcast on New Mexico PBS station KNME
In the meantime, please take this opportunity to view works by a selection of our gallery artists that continue to make their photographs using traditional, historic, or alternative methods and processes: