Un-Contested Winners from the Library’s Vertical Files

Two brochures showed up recently in the vertical files for photography competitions. America’s Many Faces was organized by Edward Steichen for the National Urban League in 1960.  He convened a panel of experts to plan the exhibition, including photographers Margaret Bourke-White, Barbara Morgan, and Gordon Parks, eminent cultural anthropologist Dr. Margaret Mead, and even architect… Continue reading Un-Contested Winners from the Library’s Vertical Files

Ladies Home Journal’s Undiscovered American Beauties Provide Potential Bounty to Photographers

I have stumbled upon a treasure from the library files.  It is a prospectus written by the esteemed photography editor John Morris [winner of the 2010 ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement] to image makers.  It offers $2,000 to the photographer, and $500 to the model of the winning shot of an undiscovered American beauty.… Continue reading Ladies Home Journal’s Undiscovered American Beauties Provide Potential Bounty to Photographers

An Exotic Clipping from the ICP Library Vertical Files

One of the joys of working in this library is happening upon the buried treasure in our juicy vertical files.  These thousands of files are dedicated to the people and topics of photography, and are amalgamations of hundreds of individual and mass contributions. Whenever I search for information in the vertical files [“WAY BETTER THAN… Continue reading An Exotic Clipping from the ICP Library Vertical Files