Nancy Newhall (American, 1908-1974) Ansel Adams, ca. 1950, negative, Gift of Christi Newhall, George Eastman House Collection

Nancy Newhall was an accomplished writer, photographic historian, and photographer. She advocated for, and was friend to, many of the great photographers of the 20th Century—Ansel Adams, Alfred Steiglitz, Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Minor White, and Paul Strand were among her circle of close acquaintances. Her contributions to the field of photographic history include a collaborative work with Paul Strand,a biography of Ansel Adams, a book on the photographic art of P.H. Emerson, and her work as editor of Edward Weston’s notebooks, Daybooks I and II. In addition, Newhall curated numerous photographic exhibitions, including the first Paul Strand and Edward Weston retrospectives at MoMA, and several exhibitions featuring the work of Ansel Adams.

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