"Much of modern art has for its motif exact representation of facts, cleverly rendered, or arrangements of tones and lines--the exterior of things. Why spend years of labor to achieve this result, which any one with an educated taste can accomplish, barring color, with a machine?... The phrase 'work of art' will in time be used more sparingly, and will designate creations of a mind gifted with poetic and imaginative insight. If the camera by its very limitations can further this point of view, it has, indeed, rendered a service to art." -- Alice Boughton in Photography, A Medium of Expression, reprinted in Camera Work issue number 26
FIRST EDITION of issue number 26 of Camera Work, containing 8 original photogravures, including 6 by Alice Boughton, 1 by J. Craig Annan, and 1 by George Davison. Edited and published by Alfred Stieglitz. Texts by Benjamin De Casseres, A. Chameleon, Charles H. Caffin, Oscar Wilde, Alice Boughton, Paul B. Haviland, and J. Nilsen Jaurvik.
Containing articles entitled Caricature and New York by Benjamin De Casseres, Modern Chiaroscural Deficiencies and Their Influence on Pictorial Art by A. Chameleon, Irresponsibility in High Places by Charles H. Caffin, Photography, A Medium of Expression by Alice Boughton (reprinted), The Photo-Secession Gallery by Paul B. Haviland, and International Photography at the National Arts Club, New York by J. Nilsen Jaurvik. Also containing the complete Photo-Secession Members' List as well as Oscar Wilde's The Artist in its entirety.
New York: Alfred Stieglitz, 1909. Quarto (9" x 12", 23cm x 35cm), original grey wrappers. General edge wear to wrappers, otherwise in exceptionally good condition. RARE.
Price: $3,900 .