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Salon Photography, 01st Annual

DATES September 19, 1941 through October 19, 1941
COLLECTIONS Photography
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  • August 1, 1941 After a year of assembling, the Permanent Brooklyn Museum Collection of Salon Photographs will put on view at the Museum a selection of about sixty-five prints from the over one hundred prints which the Curator, Herman de Wetter, has chosen as a basis for the collection.

    Mr. de Wetter, well-known photographer, teacher of the subject and official Brooklyn Museum photographer, points out this activity recognizes photography as an art form and that it is the first permanent museum salon collection to be formed in this country. He is building it up by acquiring each print by invitation. Prints are usually contributed by the artist.

    The initial exhibition is to be known as the “First Annual” and will be held from September 19th through October 19th.

    NOTE TO EDITOR: Glossy prints can be made available for publication after selection from the original. It will undoubtedly be appreciated that a large supply of prints cannot be sent out for selection by publications not in or near Brooklyn. However, the Department of Photography will try to cooperate in any way possible.


    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 07-08/1941, 149.
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  • September 14, 1941 After a year of assembling, the Permanent Brooklyn Museum Collection of Salon Photographs will put on view at the Museum a selection of about sixty-five prints from the over one hundred prints which the Curator, Herman de Wetter, has chosen as a basis for the collection.

    Mr. de Wetter, well-known photographer, teacher of the subject and official Brooklyn Museum photographer, points out this activity recognizes photography as an art form and that it is first permanent museum salon collection to be formed in this country. He is building it up by acquiring each print by invitation. Prints are usually contributed by the artist.

    This initial exhibition is to be known as the “First Annual” and will be held from September 19 through October 19.

    NOTE TO EDITOR: Glossy prints can be made available for publication after selection from the original by consulting with Miss Una Johnson in the Print Department of the Museum. It will be appreciated, because of the cost, that it will be impossible to send large selections of prints on approval. At present eighteen subjects have been photographed for the purpose of producing glossy prints. The Museum will be glad to send six prints of its own selection on approval in cases where the editor cannot make his own selection at the Museum.


    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 08-09/1941, 168.
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  • September 19, 1941 The first showing of photographs from the Brooklyn Museum’s Permanent Collection of Salon Photographs will open at the Museum on September 19, and will be on view through October 19. A selection of 65 prints from the 120 on hand has been made by the Curator of the collection, Mr. Herman de Wetter. This exhibition marks the first public exhibition of prints from the first permanent museum salon collection formed in this country.

    Photographs from nearly every state in the Union are represented. They include newcomers in the field as well as old timers, such as Forman Hanna of Arizona. This initial exhibition is limited to photographs of the United States, but in the future it is expected to include foreign work.

    Subject matter of this showing is entirely pictorial, including, as it does, landscapes, seascapes, night scenes, portraits, animals and still life. Future exhibitions will cover other branches such as modern conception, news and color photography.

    The current showing embraces enlargements accomplished by bromoil transfer, straight bromoil, chloride and bromoid. There are also some combination prints in which two to four negatives were used, and straight enlargement from one negative. Sizes range from 11x14 inches to 16x20, framed and under glass.

    The collection has been built up by invitation of the Curator to 120 items in a year. The pace of growth is expected to slow down now that the foundation of the collection has been made.

    One of the principal reasons for the formation of this collection is to preserve fine salon photographs. Formerly fine examples were lost to the general public after a few years as there was no permanent depository for them. The Brooklyn Museum hopes to remedy this situation through building up this permanent collection.

    All photographs not on public exhibition at any time can be inspected by visitors on application at the Print Department of the Museum, where they are on hand for immediate use. After this exhibition the Museum will institute a permanent gallery of photographs.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 08-09/1941, 172.
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  • September 19, 1941 Morning in the Tropics by Gordon F. Abbott
    Day’s at the Morn; J. F. Altermatt
    The Iron Horse; E. R. Archibald
    Adoration; Alexander H. Aronson
    Long Ago; Alexander H. Aronson
    Libros Virumque Cano; Barton Bachmann
    Snow Path; Mrs. Pauline Ballard
    Safe in Port; Bernhard Benson
    Sky Brooms; Bernhard Benson
    The Black Hat; W. C. Bettle
    Bowls; W. C. Bowman
    Vacation Time; Byron H. Chatto
    Winter Radial; Dr. Tom H. Cheavens
    Cathedral Passage; Dr. Aaron Church
    Memories; Henry Cohen
    Her Majesty, Queen Mary; Jacques Coleman
    Desert Chief; Edward C. Crossett, A.R.P.S.
    Fog; Eleanor Parke Custis
    Late Local; William Dennin
    Coin Sombre; Robert Desme, A.R.PS.
    Pewter; Robert Desme, A.R.P.S.
    World of Today; Harvey A. Falk
    Dynamic Symbol; Adolf Fassbender, F.R.P.S.
    Light & Shade; Adolf Fassbender, F.R.PS.
    On High; Adolf Fassbender, F.R.P.S.
    Chester, New York; Dr. Max J. Futterman
    Portals of the Night; J. L. Gidwitz
    After Hours; Major Henry Goldsmith
    Winter Blanket; Newell Green, A.R.P.S.
    Reeds & Sand; Arthur Hammond, F. R.P.S.
    Foggy Morning; Gottlieb A. Hampfler
    Church at Tesuque; Forman Hanna, F. R.P. S.
    Winter; Forman Hanna, F. R.P.S.
    Overture; Arnold G. Harms
    Wind Witch; Milred Hatry
    The Fog Shuts In; John R. Hogan
    Birches in Autumn; U. Stephen Johnson, A.R.P.S.
    Midsummer in Northern New York; U. Stephen Johnson, A.R.P.S.
    Puppy Love; Franklin I. Jordan
    Industry; Dorothy Kaden
    Hazy Morn; Hans Kaden
    A Real Santa; Dr. Theron W. Khmer, A.R.P.S.
    Smoky Weather; Corbin Kohn
    Garden Path; Earl R. Kreisel
    Winesaps; Sam Langston
    Persian Queen; Arthur S. Mawhinney, A.R.PS.
    Breakers; Arthur S. Mawhinney, A.R.PS.
    The Sun Breaks Through; W. H. McCrum
    Halfway Down; Walter S. Meyers
    Fairway Shadows; Charles L. Moffat, A.R.P.S.
    Cockey; Eleanor Norman
    Your Move, Sonny; Karl Oeser
    Flight; Joseph Palladin
    A Spinster; E. F. Raynolds, A.R.P.S.
    Natures Drama; E. F. Raynolds, A.R.P.S.
    April Winds; Dr. D. J. Ruzicka, F.R.P.S.
    The Thread of Life; Dr. D. J. Ruzicka, F.R.P.S.
    Virginia; M. C. Rypinski
    Wayside Shrine; Mrs. Helene Sanders, F.R.P. S.
    Toward the Clearing; Alexander Savignac
    Manhattan Saga; Ira A. Schur
    Little Merchant; Max J. Shapiro
    Fog Tapestry; Thomas O. Sheckell
    After the Storm; George F. Slade
    Won by One; Richard Grenville Spencer
    Calm; Dr. Max Thorek, F.R.P. S.
    Shylock; Dr. Max Thorek, F.R.P.S.
    Spun Aliminum; Arthur N. Underwood
    Mystic Vale; H. W. Wagner
    Mother and Child; Paul Wall
    Recessional; Janet Weston
    January Sunset; Stephen White, A.R.P.S.
    Via Partenope; Stephen White, A.R.P.S.
    Dreary Road; M. I. Zimmerman

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 08-09/1941, 176-7.
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