de Meyer: Study of a Gitann
From Camera Work no. 24, October, 1908. Baron Adolph de Meyer was a flamboyant member of high society, best known for his portraits of celebrities and beauties. He became the first great fashion photographer. A Photogravure is a hand-pulled print, similar to an etching, struck from a photoengraved plate that has been made either from the photographer’s original negative or from a print. “Camera Work” was the journal of pictorialism and the vanguard of America modernism. There were 50 numbers of the magazine published by Alfred Stieglitz between 1903 and 1917. Stieglitz personally inspected each gravure in each magazine before the issue was sent. At the height of the magazine’s circulation, about 1000 copies were printed; at times of lower circulation, only about 250 copies were printed. Of these, far fewer remain extant, making the gravures collectible.