A Humanist Vision: The Naomi Rosenblum Family Collection (Hardcover)

A Humanist Vision: The Naomi Rosenblum Family Collection By Nina Rosenblum, Lisa Rosenblum Cover Image

A Humanist Vision: The Naomi Rosenblum Family Collection (Hardcover)


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The first publication of the remarkable personal collection of eminent photographic historian Naomi Rosenblum

Naomi Rosenblum (1925–2021) was the leading historian of photography in her lifetime. Her two major books, A World History of Photography and A History of Women Photographers, furthered the recognition of photography as a central art form of the twentieth century, and one in which women played a critical role. Rosenblum’s deep knowledge and remarkable eye are evident in the collection of photography that she and her family built in her lifetime.

This beautifully designed volume, conceived by Naomi and her daughters, Nina and Lisa, marks the first publication of the family’s exceptional collection, which is focused on work that combines aesthetic considerations with humanist values. The photographers represented range from pioneers like Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, Lewis Hine, Paul Strand (the subject of Naomi Rosenblum’s doctoral dissertation),and her husband, Walter Rosenblum, to acclaimed contemporary practitioners including Mary Ellen Mark, Ming Smith, and Sebastião Salgado. The collection is intergenerational and also includes important examples of twentieth-century sculpture by such artists as Lynn Chadwick and Barry Flanagan.

Essays by several distinguished contributors—including artist and scholar Deborah Willis; curator Barbara Tannenbaum; Milan-based curator and writer Enrica Viganò; and editor and writer Diana C. Stoll—celebrate and elucidate Naomi Rosenblum’s life and career. A Humanist Vision is both a fitting tribute to a path breaking scholar and a contribution to the photographic literature in its own right.

Nina Rosenblum is a noted documentarian.

Lisa Rosenblum is a lawyer and corporate executive.
Product Details ISBN: 9780789214607
ISBN-10: 0789214601
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Publication Date: April 25th, 2023
Pages: 200
Language: English
The book is a gem; a scholarly and heartfelt examination of her life and passion to make us all aware of the importance of imagery to our collective memory. The book is lovingly composed and orchestrated with the details of Naomi's life and courage to call it as she sees it.
— Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Truly a beautiful book... [A]n impressive and lively flow of images…This book is a unique commemoration of [the Rosenblums'] remarkable achievements.
— Stephanie Wiles, The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale Art Gallery