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HomeContents > People > Photographers > David Douglas Duncan

Dates:  1916, 23 January -
Born:  US, MO, Kansas City
Active:  Global
American photojournalist, particularly noted for his book ‘This is War‘ that dealt with the Korean War and for his work with Pablo Picasso. A vast archive of his photographs and documents are housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Duncan, David Douglas, 1951, This Is War! A Photo-Narrative in Three Parts, (New York: Harper & Brothers) [Δ
Duncan, David Douglas, 1958, The Private World of Pablo Picasso, (New York: Harper & Brothers) [Δ
Duncan, David Douglas, 1960, The Kremlin, (New York Graphic Society) [Δ
Duncan, David Douglas, 1966, Yankee Nomad: A Photographic Odyssey, (New York, Chicago, San Francisco: Holt, Rinehart and Winston) [Δ
Duncan, David Douglas, 1972, Prismatics: Exploring a New World, (New York, and Evanston, Ill.: Harper & Row) [Δ
Duncan, David Douglas, 2003, Photo Nomad, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co.) [Δ
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan -
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Portrait of Duncan, crouched in tall grass, balancing a large camera on his right knee. David D. Duncan (photographing hunt) taking pix [sic] from worm's eye view. [Outside Kansas City, Mo.] 
1938, 19 November
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Internet biographies

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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

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David Douglas Duncan ... 
In October 1996, world-famous photographer and author David Douglas Duncan donated his archive to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Beaton, Cecil & Buckland, Gail 1975 The Magic Eye: The Genius of Photography from 1839 to the Present Day (Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown & Company) p.256 [Useful short biographies with personal asides and one or more example images.] 
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.157 
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on David Douglas Duncan.] 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

• Szarkowski, John 1973 Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York: The Museum of Modern Art) p.154 [Analyzes a single photograph by David Douglas Duncan.] 
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