The Cleveland Museum of Art opened in 1916, and in their elegantly produced, nearly five-pound Catalogue of Photography 28 photographers are accorded full-page reproductions of signature works, accompanied by the artist's profile and a discussion of the image. The first of the book's three sections is a summary of the history of photography and the other two are biographies and a glossary of nondigital photographic terms. The book is both a catalogue of the museum's holdings and a tooting of its own horn, as it reflects on what the museum has accomplished since making a curatorial and financial commitment to photography almost 20 years ago. Represented are some of the finest artists of the last 150 years: Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Margaret Bourke-White, Mathew Brady, Julia Margaret Cameron, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Francis Frith, Lewis Hine, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Richard Long, Duane Michals, Irving Penn, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, Joel Meyerowitz, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, William Henry Fox Talbot, Jerry Uelsmann, William Christenberry, Edward Weston, Minor White, and Imogen Cunningham. (I was lucky enough to have purchased a wonderful image of Miss Cunningham at work on her very last project, a book of portraits of people over 90 years of age. She was 93 at the time.) Above right: Dorothea Lange, "Funeral Cortege, End of an Era in a Small Valley Town, California." Gelatin silver print, 1938.
|Detail of cover from The Contact Sheet; images by Elliott Erwiit.|
—A freelance photographer, Judy Rolfe received her first camera from her parents at age 14 and has been shooting pictures ever since in locales ranging from all over the US to Central and South America, China, Indonesia, the Balkans, and West Africa. Her images not only reflect her peripatetic lifestyle but also the early influences of growing up on a farm and the Delaware Coast, where she developed a love for the ocean and its environs.