Series 5: Photographs

4.0 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: 1940s-2002.

Extent: 4.0 linear feet

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


This series is comprised of photographic prints, negatives, slides and transparencies of Segal, Segal's sculpture and artwork, Segal at work in his studio, exhibition installations and gallery photographs, studio tours, and friends and family. The files range from a single subject, such as sitting portraits of Segal, to multiple subjects, events, and people.

Owing to both the unique nature of Segal's technique and his absolute willingness to have himself and his studio photographed, this series has an interesting array of photographs of his life and work. Segal's casting sessions would last a matter of hours and was a relatively simple artistic process to photograph. At the same time, models and visitors to the studio were very interested in preserving the memory of their experience. As a result, there are many photographs highlighting this process and the studio space.

This series differs from Series 2: Fine Photography even though some of the photographs present were taken by Segal himself and the subjects (such as views of his own sculpture) are similar. This arrangement reflects both the physical separation of the materials as originally arranged by the artist, and their intellectual content. Series 5: Photographs is chiefly concerned with the artist and the creation of his work and was originally kept with Series 3: Business File, while Series 2: Fine Photography is a creation of the artist and was located in his studio.

This series includes photographs by Donald Lokuta, some of which are duplicated in Series 10: Donald Lokuta Photographs. Photographs included in this series were in the possession of George Segal, while prints in Series 10 were an addition to the George Segal Papers from the photographer's own collection.

Credit given these prints, contact sheets and transparencies is not always clear. It is apparent in most cases that Segal had his prints developed by photographer friends, including D. James Dee and Donald Lokuta, whose photographs also appear in the series and sometimes alongside prints that appear to be attributed to Segal himself.

Photographers include Arnold Newman, Hans Namuth, David Gahr, D. James Dee (The Soho Photographer Inc.), Nancy Astor, Donald Lokuta, Wouter Deruytter, Pepe Diniz, Renata Ponsold, Vera Isler-Leiner, and Dino Pedriali.

Identifiable persons in the series include Helen, Rena and Jeffrey Segal, Lucas Samaras, Sam Hunter, Michael Blackwood, Martin Weyl, Walter Gutman, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Lokuta, and Miles Forst.


This series is arranged into five subseries with additional subdivisions.

Preferred Citation

Series 5: Photographs; 1940s-2002; George Segal Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

    Title Date Container
    Subseries 5A: Sculpture and Artwork 1958-1997 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 5B: Exhibitions and Events 1964-1999 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 5C: Portraits 1950s-2002 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 5D: Oversize Portfolios 1950-1990 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 5E: Miscellaneous 1940s-1990s Explore Multiple Containers

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