Sir Henry Irving Eugene, Frank  (American, 1865-1936)

Eugene’s comments regarding the photogravures in Camera Work…“I have determined to not permit any manual manipulation on the copperplate – and when the light sports and a few other mechanical faults are removed, the print ought to give one rather a favorable idea of what my stuff looks like.”’ After printing, the photogravures were transported to New York and integrated into the magazines. In February 1910 Stieglitz informed Eugene that he was impressed by the printing quality. Eugene was also very satisfied not only with the result but also with the reactions in Munich’s art circles: “Camera Work has caused the people to whom I have shown it intense enjoyment and I wish you could have heard what Director F. A. v. Kaulbach said about the number in which you have handed me down to future ages – s- “Einfach unerhort schon” – was a remark which he simply kept repeating.” To Eugene’s great satisfaction, fourteen of his students placed orders for the issue. P 133

The very boldness with which Eugene manipulated the negative by scratching and painting forced even those with strong sympathy for the purist line of thinking like White, Day and Stieglitz to admire Eugene’s particular touch…[he] created a new syntax for the photographic vocabulary, for no one before him had hand-worked negatives with such painterly intentions and a skill unsurpassed by his successors.[4] (Naef)

Reproduced / Exhibited

Frank, Waldo D. America and Alfred Stieglitz: A Collective Portrait. New York: Aperture, 1979. pl. 42

Witkin, , London, and Shestack. The Photograph Collector’s Guide. London: Secker & Warburg, 1979. p. 104