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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Henry Holmes Smith

Dates:  1909, 23 October - 1986, March
Active:  US
Website:  henryholmessmith.com
 
  
American photographer, influential teacher and writer. He made what he termed "refraction drawings" that used a plate of glass on which he drew with dark and light Karo syrup. The syrup ran when he raised the glass to the vertical and then a bulb of light was switched on which refracted the light through the corn syrup and glass onto photographic paper which was developed. One of his portfolios of refraction drawings was printed by photographer Alex Traube (1972-1973).

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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
 

Printed biographies

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

 
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
  
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.236-237 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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