- Series 2: Fine Photography
Series 2: Fine Photography
21.0 linear feet
This collection is stored at Firestone Library.
Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room
Collection Creator: Segal, George, 1924-2000..
Extent: 21.0 linear feet
The collection is open for research.
This series contains prints, negatives, slides and transparencies of Segal's
fine photography spanning thirty years, with the bulk of the series dating
to a period of focused activity from 1984 to 1999. The series can be
considered the result of two distinct periods in Segal's creative life: a
long-time interest in fine photography without a disciplined or specific
approach, from 1966 to 1983; and an active and informed pursuit of the
subject, from 1984 to 2000.
Segal's early interest in photography influenced the creation of certain
environments used in his early sculpture. These themes include highway and
industrial scenes from around his home in South Brunswick, New Jersey and
are represented by the earliest materials in this series. While Segal long
had an interest in photography it was not until 1984 that Segal began to
engage in it as an art form. Segal was displeased with the prints of his
photographs taken in Egypt and Israel in 1983, and sought the advice of
Donald Lokuta, Professor of Photography at Kean University. The original and
subsequent experimental prints are included in this series and mark a
turning point in the artist's focus. Until the time of his death in 2000,
Segal went on to produce the bulk of this series, an estimated 5,000-6,000
prints and 10,000 negatives in collaboration with Lokuta who continued to
photograph with him, share insights, and make archival-quality prints of
Researchers should note that the photography of Segal's collaborator make up
Series 10: Donald Lokuta Photographs, and many prints are present in that
series of Segal making the photographs that are included in this series.
This series is arranged into three subseries.
Series 2: Fine Photography; 1966-2010; George Segal Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.