Celebrating the Negative is a study of the original film on which famous images have been captured by some of the most important photographers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Loengard’s pictures are of the photographers’ famous images as negatives—not prints. Through the loving observation of the original matrixes of some of the most iconic images, Loengard demonstrates to us that the photographic negative is an object of great beauty.
John Loengard has had a significant impact on the practice and discourse of photography as photographer, editor, critic, curator and historian. He started his distinguished photography career as a Life magazine staff photographer in 1961. From 1973 until 1987 he was the magazine’s picture editor. The author of a number of books and recipient of numerous awards, he has taught at The International Center for Photography, the New School for Social Research (both in New York City) and at workshops around the country. In 2004 Loengard was honored with the Henry R. Luce “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Time Inc., and, in 2005, American Photo magazine identified Loengard as “One of the 100 most influential people in photography.” Loengard’s work is in the collections of institutions including the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., the Center for Creative Photography, Tuscon, Arizona, the International Center of Photography, New York, the Menil Foundation, Houston, Texas, and the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York.
– John Loengard
Publication: Celebrating the Negative (1994)
NUMBER OF WORKS:
20" x 24" and 16" x 20"
Approximately 300 linear feet (91 linear meters)