Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993Alternative names
Beaumont Newhall, the founder of the art history of photography, was the first Curator of Photography at MOMA and then at George Eastman House. He authored numerous books, articles and reviews about photography.
From the description of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall papers, 1843-1993. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 79626249
Beaumont Newhall (1908-1993) was an art administrator and art historian from Rochester, N.Y.
From the description of Oral history interview with Beaumont Newhall, 1965 Jan. 23 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 458412027
From the description of Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84362397
Newhall is an art administrator and photograph historian; Rochester, N.Y. Died 1993, and Hendricks is an photography historian.
From the description of Beaumont Newhall and Gordon Hendricks lectures, 1962 May 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122557520
Beaumont Newhall (1908-1993) became the first curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1940. He worked for the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film in Rochester, N.Y. from 1948 to 1971, as curator, and then as director starting in 1958. He lectured extensively and was known for his work on the history of photography [based on the online Dictionary of Art Historians, http://www.dictionaryofarthistorians.org/newhallb.htm]. He also wrote a weekly column, "Epicure Corner," which appeared in The Brighton-Pittsford Post (Rochester, N.Y. area) and other local newspapers from 1956 to 1969.
From the description of Beaumont Newhall cooking and food papers, 1880-1968. (New York State Historical Association). WorldCat record id: 781284835
In 1935, Newhall was hired as the librarian of The Museum of Modern Art. Two years later, he organized and wrote the catalogue for Photography 1839-1937 [MoMA Exh. #60, March 17-April 18, 1937] at the request of Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the Museum's founding director. The exhibition was followed by the publication of Photography: A Short Critical History in 1938. The two works established Newhall as America's pre-eminent historian of photography. In 1940, he helped create The Museum of Modern Art's Department of Photography, the first such department at any museum, and became its first curator. Between 1942 and 1945, Newhall served in the military. His wife, Nancy Newhall, served as Acting Curator in his absence. Newhall left the Museum in 1947 on a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and in 1948 was named curator of the George Eastman House, now known as the International Museum of Photography in Rochester, NY.
From the description of Beaumont Newhall papers, 1934-1954. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78457402
Newhall was appointed librarian of The Museum in Modern Art in 1932. In 1940, he was appointed the first curator of Photography Dept. at The Museum of Modern Art.
From the description of Photography a short critical history 1938 annotated book. . (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122577844
Newhall (1908-1993), an art historian, photographer, and author, was the curator, 1948-1958, then director, 1958-1971, of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., and a visiting professor of art at various universities.
From the description of Beaumont Newhall papers, 1947-1957. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612366786
From the guide to the Beaumont Newhall papers, 1947-1957., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)
Art administrator, art historian; Rochester, N.Y. ; d. 1993.
From the description of Beaumont Newhall interview, 1965 Jan. 23 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79177344
Biographical / Historical Note
Beaumont Newhall is perhaps the first champion of the study of photography as art, and of its history. He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1908 and graduated from Harvard University in 1932. After an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Newhall became the Librarian at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1937, at the request of Director Alfred Barr, Newhall organized the museum's first exhibition of photographs. His History of Photography, published for the exhibition, introduced formal criteria for judging photography as a fine art. Revised five times and translated into several languages, it remains a widely read textbook on the history of photography.
In 1940 Beaumont Newhall became the first Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art. He was drafted in 1942 and sent to North Africa and Italy in a photo-reconnaissance division. In his absence Nancy Newhall, whom he had married in 1936, served as Acting Curator. Beaumont Newhall resumed his Curatorship after the war, but resigned in 1945 over artistic differences with the new director, Edward Steichen.
In 1948, Beaumont Newhall became the first Curator of Photography at the George Eastman House, and then served as its Director from 1958 to 1971, building a significant photography collection. After his retirement, Newhall accepted a position as Visiting Professor of Art at the University of New Mexico, where he helped to establish the first doctoral program in the history of photography at an American university. He died in 1993.
In his long career, Beaumont Newhall authored numerous articles and reviews of books about photography. In addition to History of Photography, he wrote Masters of Photography (with Nancy Newhall, 1958), The daguerreotype in America (1961), Frederick Evans (1964), Latent image: the discovery of photography (1967) and Focus: memoirs of a life in photography (1993). He also published a book of photographs, In plain sight: the photographs of Beaumont Newhall (1983)
Nancy Newhall (Nancy Wynne Parker) was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1908. She graduated from Smith College, where she showed talent as a writer and painter, and married Beaumont Newhall in 1936. After serving as Acting Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art (1942-45), she wrote articles about photographers, edited and introduced photography books by Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, and others, and collaborated with Ansel Adams on several books about the American West, including Yosemite Valley (1959), Death Valley (1954), The Tetons and Yellowstone (1970), and This is the American Earth (1960). With Minor White, she founded the magazine Aperture . She died in 1974, struck by a falling tree while rafting down the Snake River with Beaumont.
From the guide to the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall papers, 1843-1993, 1929-1993, (Getty Research Institute)
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|New York (State)--Rochester|
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|New York (State)--Rochester|
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|Art museum curators--Correspondence|
|Photography--Collectors and collecting|
|Dinners and dining|
|Motion pictures--History and criticism|