Hugh Edwards & the Art of Photography Curation


Hugh Edwards was an American curator of photography. Belonging to the likes of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and John Szarkowski, Edwards was one of the key figures to help the art world embrace fine art photography as well as documentary photography in the United States.

Edwards was also a photographer, however. He worked on a project to document a roller rink in the 1950's, which spanned for a decade. While he was no celebrated photographer, he was the man behind many successes of those whom he have helped.

Art Sinsabaugh. Midwest Landscape #4, 1961. Art Institute of Chicago, Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation Fund; Evan Evans. Race: V. Elkhart, Wisconsin, 1964, printed 1964/65. Art Institute of Chicago. Restricted gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne.

In 1961, Edwards retired from photography and began to encourage emerging photographers -- Jan Saudek, Duane Michals, Algimantas Kezys, Danny Lyon, to name a few -- and was the first to offer solo shows of Robert Frank and Raymond Moore. Edwards shaped photography in Chicago, as he would always focus on monographic presentations, the juxtaposition of 'canonized' images by new practitioners.

Moreover, he as the first to champion 19th-century photography as he acquired the works of Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, William Henry Fox Talbot. and Alexander Gardner. He also showcased early 20th century photographers -- Ansel Adams, Lewis Hine, Walker Evans, W. Eugene Smith. American photography became a more established institution.

Lewis Wickes Hine. Sadie Pfeifer, a Cotton Mill Spinner, Lancaster, South Carolina, 1908. The Art Institute of Chicago, acquired through exchange with George Eastman House; Bruce Davidson. Boy and Girl at Cigarette Vending Machine, 1958. The Art Institute of Chicago, Photography Gallery Fund. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos.; Danny Lyon. Racer, Schererville, Indiana, from the series The Bikeriders, 1965. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Danny Lyon. © Danny Lyon / Magnum Photos, courtesy Gavin Brown’s Enterprise.

Gander at one of America's prolific photography figures in the upcoming display The Photographer's Curator: Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago, May 24.

Dennis Stock. Louis Armstrong Playing the Trumpet, 1958. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of the photographer. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos.; Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget. Versailles, Fontaine dans la Cour de Marbre, 1903. Art Institute of Chicago. Gift of Mrs. Everett Kovler.; Robert Frank. Rodeo, New York City, 1955/56. The Art Institute of Chicago, Photography Gallery Fund. © Robert Frank, from The Americans. Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York.; Algimantas Kezys. Simon Fryser University, Vancouver, Canada, 1966. Art Institute of Chicago. Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Donnelley.

The show will run through October 29.

Images are from the press kit.

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One Comment

  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Whoaa Louis Armstrong's photo should be at the big size

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