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..

Dates: 1966-2010.

Extent: 21.0 linear feet

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

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 Segal's photographs.

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.

Preferred Citation

Series 2: Fine Photography; 1966-2010; George Segal Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

    Title Date Container
    Subseries 2A: Prints and Slides 1966-1999 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 2B: Sequence: New York/New Jersey, 1990 - 1993 1994 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 2C: Sleeved Negatives and Contact Sheets 1983-2000 Explore Multiple Containers

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