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Alexander Liberman photography archive, 1911-1998

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Liberman (Alexander) Photography Archive

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains photographs by Alexander Liberman from 1925 to 1998, including approximately 8,000 photographic prints, 50,000 transparencies, 90,000 negatives, 38 books of contact sheets, and loose prints mounted on foam core. The subjects of the photographs fall primarily into two groups: contemporary artists and cultural figures, and European historical sites. The collection documents over 242 major European and American artists, such as Braque, Cezanne, Dali, de Kooning, Duchamp, Ernst, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Matisse, Newman, Picasso, Rauschenberg, and Rothko. Among the images are portraits of the artists at work or in their studios, photographs of their work in progress, and documentation of finished artworks. A smaller group of photographs documenting historical and architectural sites focuses on Greece, France, Italy, and Spain. Some photographs depict Liberman's family and friends. Production materials for some of his photographic books are included, as are images for Barbara Rose's book on Liberman. Also present are photographs by other photographers, some dating as early as 1911.

Arrangement note

Arranged in six series: .
Series I. Artists and personalities, 1911-1995, undated;
Series II. Publications, circa 1925-1998;
Series III. Prints in edition for exhibition, circa 1994-1996;
Series IV. Benrubi returns, circa 1940-1995;
Series V. Places, 1960-1972, undated;
Series VI. Negatives, contact prints and scrapbooks, 1936-1972, undated

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