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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-136, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Curatorial Office, Acquisition Records (Declined)
Over 600 subject files containing Mann's research on the history of photography; and an extensive interview conducted by Mann with Imogen Cunningham.
REELS 1860-1872: 630 files cover photographers, photo exhibitions, societies, publications, and collections and contain biographical information, correspondence, published and unpublished transcripts by Mann, exhibition catalogs and announcements, price lists, photographs, organization records, clippings and printed material along with Mann's interviews of Wynn Bullock, Imogen Cunningham (partial), and Edward Ruscha. Photographs are by Linda Connor, Imogen Cunningham (includes one of dancer Martha Graham), Judy Dater (of Cunningham), Robert Heinecken, Anne Noggle, Leland Rice, Charles Swedlund, Arthur Tress, Jerry Uelsmann, Todd Walker, Jack Welpott, and Brett Weston.
REEL 5051 (fr. 390-600): Interview (232 p. transcript from 3 sound reels, 3 in.) of Imogen Cunningham conducted by Mann, 1960-1973, in preparation for her book, Imogen Cunningham: Photographs. Cunningham speaks of the sale and exhibition of her prints; being a "darkroom slave"; portrait photography; photographs as documents; the "soft-focus era"; teaching; and the f/64 Group. Cunningham comments on 104 of her photographs, including her portraits of Edward Weston and Margrethe Mather, Martha Graham, Cary Grant, Alfred Stieglitz, Upton Sinclair, Adedee Ozenfant, Frieda Kahlo Rivera, Getrude Stein, Shen Yao, Lyonel Feininger, Morris Graves, Anna Freud, and Minor White. She recalls Diane Arbus, Arthur Fellig, Paul Strand, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Photographer, photography historian and critic; Davis, Calif.
Files of Margery Mann, 1919-1977, are also located at the National Gallery of Australia.
The Cunningham interview was donated by Mann in 1975; the remainder by Mann's husband, Thomas K. Vasey, 1978.
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
6 Items (microcassettes and 9 sound cassettes;(partially transcribed and microfilmed on 3 partial reels))
1981 June 18- Nov. 20
Scope and Contents:
Interviews of California photographers conducted by curator Louise Katzman or Irene Borger in connection with the 1984 exhibition and catalog "California Photography: 1945 to the Present," organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Interviewees include John Brumfield, David Fahey, Hal Fischer, Robbert Flick, Jack Fulton, John Gutmann, Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, Leland Rice, Todd Walker, and Don Worth. Also included is an interview with Focus Gallery owner Helen Johnston.
REELS 3197-3199: Transcripts of interviews, including: David Fahey (19 p.), Hal Fischer (30 p.), Robbert Flick (32 p.), John Gutmann (26 p.), Mike Mandel and collaborator Larry Sultan (28 p.), Todd Walker (61 p.), and Don Worth (30 p.). The photographers discuss their early involvement with photography, influences on their work; studying and teaching; working in California; the photography market; and future directions of their work.
UNMICROFILMED: An interview of Leland Rice (83 p.).
UNTRANSCRIBED: Interviews of John Brumfield, Jack Fulton, and gallery owner Helen Johnston.
Donated 1982 by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Leland Rice interview is: ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.
Fahey, Fischer, Flick, Guttman, Mandel and Sultan, Walker and Worth interviews are: transcribed and microfilmed; patrons must use microfilm copy.
Brumfield, Fulton and Johnston are: untranscribed microcassettes; use requires an appt. and is limited to AAA's Washington, D.C. office.