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..
Extent: 4.0 linear feet
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
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
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.
Series 5: Photographs; 1940s-2002; George Segal Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.