A weekly recap of art world news.
Glass Negatives Found in Condemned Illinois House
Nearly 200 glass negatives from the turn of the last century have been found in a condemned home in Peoria, Illinois. Bill Sullivan, a salvage company owner, discovered the archive earlier this year prior to the home’s demolition. Photo restoration expert Chris Traugott Coulter noticed the negatives in Sullivan’s shop and purchased the entire lot. Coulter has been digitizing and restoring as many as possible. The negatives depict life in Illinois in the late 1800s and early 1900s including 1st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry training and a fire at the German Fire Insurance Company building. Coulter is tentatively crediting some of the photographs to Dallas R. Sweeny, a commercial photographer who once lived at the same address.
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Ansel Adams’ View Camera Goes to Auction
Heritage Auctions will auction Ansel Adams’ Arca-Swiss 4x5 view camera later this month. The camera was used by Adams in the 1960s and is the first of Adams’ cameras to be available at auction. The lot will also include three lenses, a tripod, a case, and a an assortment of accessories.
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Photographer and Cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky Dies at 104
Austrian-born photographer and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky has died at the age of 104. Suschintzky was a key figure in the 1930s-40s British film movement that embraced documentary films as a force for social good. He began his film career in the late 1930s by collaborating with Paul Rotha. His films include an 11-minute short about the rents in Aberdeen, Scotland, a film about the UK steel industry, and a film about world hunger. Suschintzky brought this same social consciousness to his street photography.
Read the full story (The New York Times)