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Hans Namuth photographs and papers, 1952-ca. 1985, (bulk 1953- 1970)

Hans Namuth photographs and papers, 1952-ca. 1985, (bulk 1953- 1970)

Namuth, Hans, 1915-1990


Collection Information

Size: 6.8 linear ft.

Summary: Primarily photographs taken by Namuth of New York artists. Also included are correspondence, writings, and exhibition announcements.

Pictured are Josef Albers, William Baziotes, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell (one shot microfilmed with AAA's Photographs of Artists-Collection II, reel 1817, frames fr. 323-324, and digitized), Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Sonia Gechtoff, Grace Hartigan, Edward Hopper, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Franz Kline, Lee Krasner, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Lieberman, Conrad Marca-Relli, Agnes Martin, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Isamu Noguchi, Alfonso Ossorio, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Larry Rivers, Mark Rothko, George Segal, Ben Shahn, Tony Smith, Saul Steinberg, Frank Stella, Clyfford Still, Andrew Wyeth, and others.

The manuscript portion (1 linear ft.) relates mostly to Namuth's film about Alfred Stieglitz, "Alfred Stieglitz, American" and includes interviews with Ansel Adams, Harold Clurman, Aaron Copland, Arnold Newman, Dorothy Norman, and Marie Rapp; correspondence with Ansel Adams, Peter Bunnell, Jack Boynton, Aaron Copland, Juan Hamilton, Bernard Karpel, Lincoln Kirstein, Dorothy Norman and Georgia O'Keeffe; script information, grant applications, printed material, and photographs including one of Stieglitz by Weegee (Arthur Fellig), 1945. Other correspondence is with Patricia Johanson concerning a film about Josef Albers, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Yale University's Dept. of Architecture, correspondence regarding Namuth's "17 Painters" exhibit done for the American Pavilion at the Brussels World Fair in 1958, and correspondence with Kenneth Koch regarding Koch's performance piece "The Construction of Boston" which Namuth documented. Additional material includes Namuth's "impressions" on each artists' portrait in the Brussels World's Fair portrait sessions, scattered business records, and printed matter.

Biographical/Historical Note

Photographer, filmmaker; New York, N.Y. Born 1915. Died 1990.


Donated 1972-1985 by Namuth.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is CLOSED for processing. Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

All Photographs by Hans Namuth: All requests for image reproductions are to be sent to: Hans Namuth Studio, attention: Peter Namuth, 68 Jane Street, #4-W, New York, N.Y. 10014.The Namuth Studio will provide all reproductions to researchers. For further information, call the Namuth Studio at #212-691-3220; e-mail:

Box 21: Authorization to publish or reproduce must be obtained from: Peter Namuth, 68 Jane Street, #4-W, New York, NY 10014; telephone: 212/691-3220; e-mail:

How to Cite This Collection

Hans Namuth photographs and papers, 1952-ca. 1985, (bulk 1953- 1970). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.