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Gernsheim Collection collects another gong!

Having won the Fred Whitehead Award for Best Book Design as mentioned in a previous posting herethe book, 'The Gernsheim Collection' which includes more than 125 full-page plates from the Ransom Center's collection, has just picked up another accolade. It has been awarded an Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award, which honours a distinguished catalogue in the history of art published during the past year.

The Gernsheim collection is one of the most important collections of photography in the world. Amassed by the renowned husband-and-wife team of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim between 1945 and 1963, it contains an unparalleled range of images, beginning with the world's earliest-known photograph from nature, made by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826.

The Gernsheim collection includes 35,000 major and representative photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries; a research library of 3,600 books, journals and published articles; about 250 autographed letters and manuscripts; and more than 200 pieces of early photographic equipment. Its encyclopedic scope makes the Gernsheim collection one of the world's premier resources for the study and appreciation of the development of photography.

Edited by Ransom Center Senior Research Curator Roy Flukinger.The catalog also traces the Gernsheims' passion for collecting and their career as pioneering historians of photography, showing how their efforts significantly contributed to the acceptance of photography as a fine art and as a field worthy of intellectual study. The book also includes a preface by former Ransom Center Curator of Photography David Coleman, a foreword by George Eastman House Curator of Photographs Alison Nordström and an afterword by former Victoria and Albert Museum Curator Mark Haworth-Booth.

You can pick up a copy yourself as reference using the Amazon link on the right. At the rate it's going, Adele should start getting worried ....

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