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Proof : Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet


Contact proofs, or contact sheets, were vital to the practice of photography until digital technology made them obsolete. Photographers who used roll film first saw positive images on the contact sheet, chose which frames to enlarge and kept the sheet as a record. PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet features approximately 180 works from the collection of Clevelanders Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz that highlight the aims and methods of a broad range of photographers from the second half of the 20th century. The free exhibition presents key works by leading figures, including Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Harry Benson, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Philippe Halsman, Irving Penn and Albert Watson, as well as Schwartz’s friends Arnold Newman, Larry Fink and Emmet Gowin. The exhibition will be on view through April 12, 2020, in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall. “Contact sheets offer a glimpse into the working mind of a photographer,” said William Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “Our late trustee Mark Schwartz and his wife, Bettina Katz, assembled an extraordinary collection of...

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