Profile: Verna Curtis


Verna Curtis is a curator specializing in photographs and other works of art on paper.
She graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of California-Berkeley, and M.A. in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also attended Arizona State University, where she studied photography and met her husband, a sculptor and architect.
Curtis, a Miami Beach native, resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She is Curator of Photography in the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress.

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Platinum Photographs: Art from a Noble Metal

Imagine how people understood photographs in 1900, when photography had been around for just over sixty years.
Were photographs factual documents? Could they be a new form of artistic expression? Those producing photographic prints knew, but the public was unsure whether photographs could be art.
American Pictorialists soon dominated shows in a variety of locations, and shared with their counterparts in the graphic arts an interest in old master and Japanese prints, subtle printing effects, and technical experimentation.
Among the experiments were photographs with the precious platinum metal as their base.

Category: Arts

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