A Study in Natural History Dugmore, A. Radclyffe  (American, 1870-1955)

Radclyffe Dugmore (1870 -1955) was a sportsman, naturalist, painter and photographer. In 1902 Dugmore’s photography caught the attention of Alfred Stieglitz, the single most important figure in American photography at that time, who published Dugmore’s article entitled "Effective Lighting in Bird Photography" and his photogravure of small birds on a branch as illustration in the first issue of Stieglitz’ quarterly photographic journal Camera Work. Stieglitz explained that he had chosen Dugmore’s photograph because it demonstrated that "even scientific subjects may be given pictorial worth without loss to their scientific value."

This Camera Work plate is of particular interest for its atypical mount.