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Hedrich Blessing Richard Bock Henry Fuermann & Sons Pedro Guerrero Gilman Lane Grant Carpenter Manson Richard Nickel (1928-1972) Edgar L. Obma John Gordon Replinger HEDRICH BLESSING Ken Hedrich and Henry Blessing founded Hedrich Blessing in 1929. When Blessing left for Denver within the year, brother Ed Hedrich came in to manage the office. In 1931 brother Bill came on board as the first of hundreds of photographic assistants who would learn their craft at HB.
In 1937 Architectural Forum magazine commissioned Hedrich Blessing to photograph recent works of Frank Lloyd Wright. Ken made several trips to Taliesin and formed another lifelong collaboration with Wright. Bill’s images of the Kaufman residence in Pennsylvania so captured the essence of Wright’s masterpiece that it reputedly inspired the name “Falling Water”.
Although most widely known for its architectural photography, from the outset Hedrich Blessing has been a commercial studio working with designers in related fields such as industrial, annual report, product and editorial photography.
Today five photographers build upon Hedrich Blessing traditions. Each began as a photographic assistant and was mentored by one or more of their predecessors. Remarkably, there have been only eighteen photographers on camera in the firm’s 80 year history. Collaborative relationships with architects and designers remain a hallmark at Hedrich Blessing.
Apprentices at Taliesin, Spring Green, 1937 (two photographs) Taliesin, Spring Green, 1937 Fallingwater 1937 Fallingwater 1937, Built in USA: Since 1932-1944 Life Magazine - January 17, 1938 Time - January 17, 1938 Fallingwater, Fortune Magazine, January 1942 Loren B. Pope Residence, 1954 Oscar Steffens Residence, 1963 (three photographs) Architectural Forum - May 1964 Robie House, House Beautiful, February 1965 William H. Winslow House, 1967 Home and Studio Play Room, Oak Park, 1986 Home and Studio, Oak Park, 1986 Home and Studio, Oak Park, Architectural Business, Third Quarter, 1988 Home and Studio, Oak Park, Architectural Lighting - August 1988 Home and Studio Library and Reception Room, Oak Park, 1990 (two postcards) Home and Studio, Oak Park, 2000 Taliesin, Architectural Digest, May 2004 RICHARD W. BOCK Date: 1989
Title: Memories of an American Artist: Richard W. Bock (Hard Cover - DJ)
Author: Pierre, Dorathi Bock
Description: (Second Edition)
Pages: Pp 155
PEDRO GUERRERO Date: 1949
Title: Frank Lloyd Wright and Pedro E. Guerrero
Description: Frank Lloyd Wright and Pedro E. Guerrero (September 5, 1917 - September 13, 2012), Pleasantville, New York, 1949. Guerrero was with Frank Lloyd Wright at the Usonian Cooperative in Pleasantville, NY, photographing the progress of three homes. He began photographing Wright’s work in 1939, and continues until Wright’s death. Photographed by Keneji Domoto, an architect and former apprentice. Published in "Picturing Wright", Guerrero, 1994, p.12 and "Pedro E. Guerrero", Guerrero, 2007, p.6.
Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph
Publication: Picturing Wright (Hard Cover - DJ) (Published by Pomegranate Artbooks)
Author: Guerrero, Pedro, E.
Description: Original HC List Price $29.95. (First Edition)
Title: Picturing Wright. Tea Break at the Guggenheim Pavilion, 1953 (Published by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ)
Author: Guerrero, Pedro
Description: "Walking through the retrospective exhibition, I came upon Mr. Wright having a tea break. It was a scene so perfect that it could not have been planned. There he was, with his Porkpie hat, stiff collar, and cane, sitting before a selection of his favorite architecture: The San Francisco Call Building model and photo murals of the Larkin Building in Buffalo. I had an assignment to shoot a Portrait of him - But I did not have to pose him even for this one."
Size: 28 x 18
Publication: Wright in Arizona: The Early Work of Pedro E. Guerrero. A selection of Photographs from the Pedro E. Guerrero collection. (Soft Cover) (Published by Arizona State University, Herberger Center for Design Excellence, Phoenix)
Author: Boyle, Bernard Michael
Description: Catalog for an exhibition at the Gallery of Design, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Arizona State University, 8 January - 2 February 1996. 1200 copies of this catalog were printed. Original SC List Price $19.95. (First Edition)
Description: Guerrero on Wright (Published by the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center) Brochure for the permanent exhibit.
Publication: Pedro E. Guerrero, A Photographer’s Journey (Hard Cover - DJ) (Published by Princeton Architectural Press, New York)
Author: Guerrero, Pedro E.
Description: Guerrero steps out from behind the camera, and for the very first time, tells his story along with the stories of the contradictory and complex lives of the extraordinary people he has known. Pedro Guerrero spent his entire career, nearly 60 years, photographing the houses of some of the most illustrious of America's architects and artists of the twentieth century. Emerging from a modest background, his first professional job at the age of 22 in 1939 was photographing Taliesin West, the Arizona home of Frank Lloyd Wright. For the next 20 years, Guerrero was the chief visual interpreter of of Wright's homes, producing the only visual record of Wright's work as it appeared on completion. With over 190 of the author's own photographs. (Publisher’s description.) Original hard cover list price $55.00.
Size: 8.25 x 10.25. (First Edition)
GILMAN LANE Possibly a self portrait by Gilman Lane, American Photography, June, 1918, page 364. Courtesy of American Photography. Gilman Lane photographed building in the Chicago area including many of Wright’s work. Upon his death in 1961, Lane donated his collection of over 700 photographs to the Oak Park Public Library. According to William Jerousek, Librarian at the OPPL, Lane was an industrial arts teacher at the Oak Park-River Forest High School from 1923 to 1957.
But Lane's interest in photograph proceeded his teaching career in Oak Park. In the June, 1918 issue of American Photography, he wrote lengthy technical article entitled "A Daylight Enlarger to be used in any Lighted Room". It reads like an article written by one professional photographer to another. This leads one to wonder if he may have tried his hand as a professional photographer, but opted for the steady paycheck as a teacher, never giving up his first love of photography.
Whether a one-time professional, part time freelance, or "amateur", the results were anything but amateur. He left an early record of over 150 Wright buildings. In the seminal Biography of Wright's Work by Henry-Russell Hitchcock, "The Nature of Materials", Hitchcock credits Henry Fuermann and Sons, and "another important group of photographs taken by Gilman Lane... who has been photographing Wright's work for many years, and who has taken many new photographs particularly for this book."
"A Daylight Enlarger to be used in any Lighted Room" American Photography, June 1918, Lane, Pp 364-365. Midway Gardens, Chicago IL. Circa 1925. (Images #6-7). Wright’s Oak Park Home. Circa1925. Francis Apartments. Circa 1925-35. Frank L. Smith Bank, Dwight, IL. Circa 1935-1941. F.B. Henderson Residence, Elmhurst, IL. Circa 1935-1945. Lake Geneva Hotel, Lake Geneva, WI. Circa 1935-1945. Scoville Park Fountain, Oak Park, IL. Circa 1935-45. River Forest Tennis Club, River Forest, IL. Circa 1940. (Image #5-7). Chauncey L. William Residence, built in 1895. Circa 1940. Robert W. Roloson Rowhouses, Chicago, IL. Circa 1940-41. "The Nature of Materials", Hitchcock, published in 1942.
AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY Date: 1918
Title: American Photography - June 1918 (Published monthly by American Photography Publishing Co., Boston, Mass.)
Author: Lane, Gilman
Description: "A Daylight Enlarger to be used in any Lighted Room. Not every amateur has yet solved the problem of successful enlarging. Perhaps he has a small darkroom far removed from a good outside light, and cannot expend the amount of money necessary to buy an artificial illuminating apparatus – including condenser..." Gilman Lane photographed many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s building in the Midwest. Includes four illustrations and one photograph which may be a self portrait. 6.5 x 9.5. (Digital version.)
Pages: Pp 364-365
GRANT CARPENTER MANSON (1904-1997) Grant Carpenter Manson (Biography) Date: 1958
Publication: Frank Lloyd Wright to 1910, The First Golden Age (Hard Cover - DJ) (Published by Reinhold Publishing Corp., New York)
Author: Manson, Grant C.
Description: Two copies, one with and one without dust jacket. (First Edition) (Sweeney 1206)
Publication: Frank Lloyd Wright to 1910, The First Golden Age (Soft Cover) (Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York)
Author: Manson, Grant C.
Description: Original SC List Price $19.95. (Fifth Edition) (Sweeney 1206)
JOHN GORDON REPLINGER John Gordon Replinger was born in 1921. became a professor in 1951 at the University of Illinois, School of Architecture. He received a BS in architecture and an MS from the University. Prof. Replinger attained tenure in 1961 and retired in 1985. He designed over forty houses, mainly in Champaign-Urbana, Michigan, California, and Florida. Additionally, he designed 80 residential additions. He passed away March 27, 2006.
In 1951, John Replinger, published "An Introduction to the Architecture of the Prairie School: Maher, Wright, Griffin", published by the University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill. For this volume he photographed the Oscar Steffens residence.
Oscar Steffens Residence, 1950
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