On June 8, 1984 in a brilliant stroke the J. Paul Getty Museum announced that it was forming a new curatorial department devoted to photography and had appointed Weston Naef, then an associate curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to take charge of it. The new Getty direction was made possible by the stealthy acquisition of important parts of several notable private collections – including those of Sam Wagstaff, Arnold Crane, André Jammes, Bruno Bischofberger and Volker Kahman/Georg Heusch, along with a half dozen others – all quietly negotiated by Daniel Wolf.
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