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Focus Gallery records

Creator:
Focus Gallery  Search this
Names:
George Eastman House  Search this
Torren Gallery  Search this
Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991  Search this
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Brandt, Bill  Search this
Bullock, Wynn  Search this
Caponigro, Paul, 1932-  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Dater, Judy  Search this
Heinecken, Robert, 1931-  Search this
Hosoe, Eikō, 1933  Search this
Johnston, Helen, 1916-1989  Search this
Leibovitz, Annie, 1949-  Search this
Porter, Eliot, 1901-  Search this
Siskind, Aaron  Search this
Uelsmann, Jerry, 1934-  Search this
Weston, Brett  Search this
Extent:
11.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1963-1987
Summary:
The records of San Francisco Focus Gallery measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1963-1987. The bulk of the collection consists of exhibition files. There are also artists files, sales information, correspondence, and scattered records of the gallery's companion bookshop.
Scope and Contents:
The records of San Francisco's Focus Gallery measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1963-1987. The bulk of the collection consists of exhibition files. There are also artists files, sales information, correspondence, and scattered records of the gallery's companion bookshop.

Exhibition files comprise the bulk of the collection and generally contain a wide range of materials including correspondence, short biographies, forms requesting artists' background information, flyers, booklets, brochures, checklists, loan agreements, sales records, news releases, and photographs and negatives. Among the many photographers exhibited were Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Bill Brandt, Wynn Bullock, Paul Caponigro, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Robert Heinecken, Eikoh Hosoe, Annie Leibovitz, Eliot Porter, Aaron Siskind, Jerry Uelsmann, and Brett Weston.

A relatively small amount of general business correspondence includes orders and payments for photographic prints, books, and magazine subscriptions, some personal notes, and requests for information about how to submit for exhibitions and for exhibition schedules. Correspondents include customers, photographers, publishers, law firms, museum, and colleges and universities. Correspondence from the founding year contains Johnston's letters to various venues prominent in art photography, such as George Eastman House. There is also a letter to Ansel Adams requesting prints to sell or for a small opening exhibit.

Additional records include artists' files; sales and inventory records containing print and bookshop inventories, general pricing information and receipts for photographs; and printed materials including flyers and brochures, bookshop catalogs and news releases. There are also scattered administrative records, including gallery history, a file on the Toren Gallery and five owner's notebooks, as well as The Imogen Cunningham Trust files documenting Focus Gallery's interactions with the trust before and after Cunningham's death regarding photographs printed and signed by her; financial and legal files; and guest books.

Documents in the collection that pre-date the founding of the gallery are found in the Toren Gallery file and a few of the exhibition files.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1963-1985 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1966-1987 (Boxes 1-2; 1 linear foot)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1966-1985 (Boxes 2-10; 8.5 linear feet)

Series 4: Artists Files, 1966-1978 (Boxes 10-11; 0 .5 linear feet)

Series 5: Financial and Legal Files, 1966-1987 (Box 11; 0 .2 linear feet)

Series 6: Sales and Inventories, 1966-1987 (Box 11; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Materials, 1966-1987 (Boxes 11-12; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 8: Guest Books, 1966-1970, 1978-1985 (Boxes 12-13; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Focus Gallery was founded by Helen Head Johnson (1916-1989) in 1966 on Union Street in San Francisco. The gallery exhibited and sold primarily art photographs and other contemporary art.

Helen Head Johnston believed that photography deserved its own exhibition space. As stated in the gallery's first press release, "in seeking to encourage print collecting it (the gallery) offers not only a show place but also a market place for photographers." While retaining an emphasis on Bay Area photographers, the gallery's exhibitions soon became international in scope, featuring little known and well-established photographers through both solo and group exhibitions. With few exceptions, the gallery's policy was to feature an artist only once. To help keep the gallery going in its early days, Johnston started a bookshop mail-order business. At the time of its closing in August 1985, Focus Gallery was the longest continuously operating photography gallery in the country. The bookshop continued in another location for an additional two years.

The collection is arranged as 8 series

Series 1: Administrative records, 1963-1985, (Box 1 8 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1966-1987, undated (Box 1-2 1 linear foot)

Series 3: Exhibition files, 1966-1985 (Box 2-10 8.5 linear feet)

Series 4: Artists files, 1966-1978, undated (Box 10-11, 9 folders)

Series 5: Financial and Legal files, 1966-1987 (Box 11 6 folders)

Series 6: Sales and Inventories, 1966-1987, undated (Box 11 11 folders)

Series 7: Printed Materials, 1966-1987, undated (Box 11 and Hol 12 7 folders)

Series 8: Guest Books, 1966-1985 (Hol 12-13 6 folders)
Related Materials:
Among the holding of the Archives of American Art is an untranscribed interview of Helen Johnston by Louise Katzman or Irene Borger in the collection Interviews of California Photographers 1981 Jun.-Nov.20.

Helen Johnston left her private photography collection to the de Saisset Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Provenance:
The Focus Gallery records were donated by the estate of owner Helen Johnston, care of Gerald O'Conner, executor.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Focus Gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Visitors' books  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Photography -- Exhibitions  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photographic art galleries -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Photographers -- United States  Search this
Gallery owners -- local  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Focus Gallery records, 1963-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.focugall
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-focugall
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Oral history interview with Paul Caponigro, 1999 July 30-August 12

Interviewee:
Caponigro, Paul, 1932-  Search this
Interviewer:
Larsen, Susan C., 1946-  Search this
Subject:
White, Minor  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Adams, Ansel  Search this
Tice, George A.  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen  Search this
Strand, Paul  Search this
Graves, Morris  Search this
Szarkowski, John  Search this
Chappell, Walter  Search this
Singer, Robert T.  Search this
Bunnell, Peter C.  Search this
Chiarenza, Carl  Search this
Cosindas, Marie  Search this
Uelsmann, Jerry  Search this
Ranney, Edward.  Search this
Scheinbaum, David  Search this
Russek, Janet  Search this
Clergue, Lucien.  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont  Search this
Westin, Bert  Search this
Clift, William  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photographers -- Maine -- Cushing -- Interviews.  Search this
Photographers -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe -- Interviews.  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11968
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)222723
AAA_collcode_caponi99
Theme:
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_222723
Online Media:

Aaron Siskind papers

Creator:
Siskind, Aaron  Search this
Names:
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Arnheim, Rudolf  Search this
Caponigro, Paul, 1932-  Search this
Chermayeff, Ivan  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Jachna, Joseph D.  Search this
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1906-2001  Search this
Lewis, Golda, d. 2005  Search this
Ostrow, Stephen E.  Search this
Robbins, Daniel  Search this
Savage, Naomi, 1927-2005  Search this
Shestack, Alan  Search this
Teller, Jane  Search this
Weber, Hugo, 1918-1971  Search this
Extent:
1,257 Items ((on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1967-1977
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; biographical information; financial papers; clippings; exhibition catalogs and announcements. Correspondents include Ansel Adams, Rudolf Arnheim, Paul Caponigro, Ivan Chermayeff, Imogen Cunningham, Joseph Jachna, Gyorgy Kepes, Golda Lewis, Stephen Ostrow, Daniel Robbins, Naomi Savage, Alan Shestack, Jane Teller, and Hugo Weber, among others.
Biographical / Historical:
Photographer; Providence, R.I., Born 1903. Died 1991.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1977 by Aaron Siskind.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Photographers -- Rhode Island -- Providence  Search this
Topic:
Photography  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.siskaaro
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-siskaaro

Schmidt Bingham Gallery selected records

Creator:
Schmidt Bingham Gallery  Search this
Names:
Caponigro, Paul, 1932-  Search this
Cloar, Carroll  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Wilde, John, 1919-2006  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1948-2002
Scope and Contents:
Included are letters to Penelope Schmidt upon the closing of the Schmidt Bingham Gallery (2002); artists' files on Carroll Cloar, Morris Graves, and John Wilde; files relating to an exhibition, "L'Alta Fantasia, Saints, Angels and Other Heavenly Creatures" (1990-1991); and photographs of various works of art. Artists' files include biographical material, a catalog raisonne, exhibition checklists, price lists, printed material, exhibition catalogs, announcements, clippings, published writings, press releases, as well as photographs, slides, transparencies of works of art and video recordings (VHS cassettes). John Wilde's files include typescripts of his diaries (1978-1990) and letters to Penelope Schmidt (1986-2002). Also found are letters between Penelope Schmidt and Paul Caponigro (1997-2001). Video recordings on Carroll Cloar, (undated) and Morris Graves, "An Introduction to Morris Graves, " (1994).
Biographical / Historical:
Art gallery; New York, N.Y. Closed March 31, 2002. Specialized in contemporary art. Co-founded by Penelope Schmidt, the gallery operated for 16 years on 57th Street.
Provenance:
Donated 2002 by Penelope Schmidt. Schmidt retained the bulk of the gallery's records.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York
Identifier:
AAA.schmbing
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schmbing

Oral history interview with Paul Caponigro

Interviewee:
Caponigro, Paul, 1932-  Search this
Interviewer:
Larsen, Susan C.  Search this
Names:
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Bunnell, Peter C.  Search this
Chappell, Walter, 1925-  Search this
Chiarenza, Carl  Search this
Clergue, Lucien.  Search this
Clift, William  Search this
Cosindas, Marie, 1925-  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia , 1887-1986  Search this
Ranney, Edward.  Search this
Russek, Janet  Search this
Scheinbaum, David, 1951-  Search this
Singer, Robert T.  Search this
Strand, Paul, 1890-1976  Search this
Szarkowski, John  Search this
Tice, George A.  Search this
Uelsmann, Jerry, 1934-  Search this
Westin, Bert  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Extent:
87 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1999 July 30-August 12
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Paul Caponigro conducted 1999 July 30-August 12, by Susan C. Larsen, for the Archives of American Art, at Caponigro's home, in Cushing, Maine.
Caponigro describes his childhood, military career, and travels through the southwest and northern California, his association with Minor White, exhibitions, publications, employment, and marriage to wife Eleanor.
Caponigro discusses the significance of his Stonehenge series of photographs; others' interpretations of his work; further exhibitions; and the role that his family's move to Santa Fe, New Mexico, has played in the evolution of his work.
Further discussion of the photographic scene in Santa Fe and its connection to American modernist photographers such as Paul Strand and Ansel Adams; travels; Guggenheim grant; the 1991 fall from a rocky ledge that was a physical and spiritual watershed in his life; and his new home in Cushing, Maine.
He recalls George Tice, Ansel Adams, Minor White, Bert Westin, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Oliver Gagliani, Beniamino Bufano, Morris Graves, Walter Chappell, Jerry Uelsmann, Carl Chiarenza, William Clift, Marie Cosindas, Peter Bunnell, John Szarkowski, Robert Singer, Beaumont Newhall, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ed Ranney, David Scheinbaum, Janet Russek, Lucien Clergue, and many others.
Biographical / Historical:
Paul Caponigro (1932- ) is a photographer and teacher from New England and New Mexico.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 19 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photographers -- Maine -- Cushing -- Interviews.  Search this
Photographers -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe -- Interviews.  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.caponi99
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-caponi99

Heliography. [Exhibition by] Paul Caponigro, Walter Chappell, Carl Chiarenza, William Clift, Marie Cosindas, Nicholas Dean, Paul Petricone [and others, August 5th through 18th, 1963]

Author:
Association of Heliographers, New York  Search this
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
18 p. (chiefly illus.) 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1963
Topic:
Photography  Search this
Photogravure  Search this
Call number:
TR980 .A84 1963
TR980.A84 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_250334

Lynn Stern : unveilings / foreword by Paul Caponigro ; essay by Diane Wakoski

Author:
Stern, Lynn  Search this
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Wakoski, Diane  Search this
Smith College Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Stern, Lynn  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
C1988
Call number:
TR647.S8355W2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_642581

New England days / photographs by Paul Caponigro ; introduction by Paul Caponigro ; foreword by Aprile Gallant

Author:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Portland Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : chiefly ill. ; 23 x 25 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
New England
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Call number:
TR647.C246 G35 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_701015

Paul Caponigro : photography, 25 years / introduction by Peter C. Bunnell ; edited by D.W. Mellor

Author:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Mellor, D. W (Douglas Wharton)  Search this
Photography Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Photography Gallery (La Jolla, San Diego, Calif.)  Search this
Weston Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647.C246 M4 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_502290

Fourteen photographers from Sante Fe : Paul Caponigro ... [et al. : exhibition] ... presented by Gallery Gemini, Palm Beach, Florida

Author:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Gallery Gemini  Search this
Fine Art Photography Exposition (2nd : 1981 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
[35] p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New Mexico
Sante Fe
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photographers--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
TR646.U62 P12 1981
TR646.U62P12 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_438244

Paul Caponigro : masterworks from forty years / [edited and designed by Carol Williams Christopher ; essay by David Stroud]

Author:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Christopher, Carol Williams  Search this
Stroud, David  Search this
Subject:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 32 x 33 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647.C246 C2m 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_469391

Megaliths / Paul Caponigro

Author:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
[158] p. : ill. ; 28 x 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Ireland
Date:
1986
C1986
Topic:
Megalithic monuments--Pictorial works  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Pictorial works  Search this
Call number:
TR647.C246 L7
TR647.C246L7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_308324

Seasons : photographs and essay / by Paul Caponigro

Author:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Subject:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
93 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
C1988
Call number:
TR647.C246 C2 1988
TR647.C246C2 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_391925

Paul Caponigro. [Editor: Minor White

Author:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
57, [5] p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
1967]
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647.C246 W5
TR647.C246W5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_296295

The wise silence : photographs by Paul Caponigro / essay by Marianne Fulton ; [edited by Terry Reece Hackford]

Author:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House  Search this
Subject:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
204 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1983
C1983
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647.C246 I6
TR647.C246I6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_194060

Four directions in modern photography: Paul Caponigro, John T. Hill, Jerry N. Uelsmann [and] Bruce Davidson. An exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery, December 14, 1972 through February 25, 1973

Author:
Yale University Art Gallery  Search this
Brettell, Richard R  Search this
Subject:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Hill, John T  Search this
Uelsmann, Jerry 1934-  Search this
Davidson, Bruce 1933-  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. illus. 23cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1972
1972]
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR646 .Y18
TR646.Y18
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_37191

Paul Caponigro

Author:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Aperture, Inc  Search this
Subject:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
73, [5] p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647.C246 W5 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_84399

Paul Caponigro : the hidden presence of places / commentary by Paul Caponigro ; with introduction by Michael K. Komanecy

Title:
Hidden presence of places
Author:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Komanecy, Michael K  Search this
William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
128 p. : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2011
C2011
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1007501

Bruce Davidson / Paul Caponigro : two American photographers in Britain and Ireland / Jennifer A. Watts and Scott Wilcox

Photographer:
Davidson, Bruce 1933-  Search this
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Exhibition curator:
Watts, Jennifer A.  Search this
Author:
Wilcox, Scott 1952-  Search this
Exhibiting institution:
Yale Center for British Art  Search this
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Davidson, Bruce 1933-  Search this
Caponigro, Paul 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 220 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Catalogues raisonnés
Place:
United States
Great Britain
Ireland
Date:
2014
Topic:
Photographers  Search this
Travel photography  Search this
Landscape photography  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1037110

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