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Photographs as Letters

Barbara Crane
1984
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Ansel Adams Archive

Photographs as Letters explores the exchange of photographic materials sent through postal mail among twentieth-century American photographic communities. Drawn primarily from the Center for Creative Photography Archive the exhibition presents a range of photographic correspondence that lends insight into the working processes and networks of some of the United States’ most significant photographers. From finished fine prints to intentionally altered working materials, from postcards to print scraps and other darkroom castoffs, Photographs as Letters will afford visitors an opportunity to see the ways that members of American photographic communities have communicated and collaborated through postal mail.