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Gerald Ackerman collection

Identifier: AG 181

Scope and Contents

The Gerald Ackerman Collection contains three series, biographical materials, photographic materials, and audiovisual materials, documenting the life and work of the artist.

Series one, biographical materials, includes a biography, credits, reviews, a letter to Ackerman from John Schaefer, Fresson and Platinum process information, and the envelope that these materials were originally housed in.

Series two, photographic materials, contains transparencies of flower photographs and their original sleeves and envelopes, 82 4x5-inch transparencies, a photocopy of Gerald Ackerman photographing orchids from 1988, and an album of gelatin silver prints entitled “Architectural Photographs – 16 N.Y.C.” This series also includes two albums, each housed in their own box, entitled “Volume I – Flower Slides” and “Volume II.”

Series three, audiovisual materials, includes one VHS tape, “Polarities… Stockholm...59 North..8/26B”, and two VHS Tapes, “University of Arizona, Center for Creative Photography ‘Polarities…Stockholm..59 North..8/26B’ Two Hour Loop From VHS Original/Audio EQed”.


  • circa 1980s-1994, 2005


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to Ackerman’s photography is held by the estate. See archivist for further information.

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biographical Note

Well-known for his photographs of flowers, Gerald Ackerman posthumously published the book How Flowers Changed the World in 1996.


3 Boxes (1.5 linear feet)

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Papers and photographic materials, circa 1980s- 1994, of Gerald Ackerman (1948-1994), photographer of dance and flowers. Includes biographical materials, black and white and color transparencies, 35 mm slides, 8 x 10 inch negatives, an album of black and white architectural photographs, a color portrait of the photographer, and a videotape of the dance performance “Polarities” along with viewing copies of the tape.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Biographical Materials (Boxes 1-2)
  2. Series 2: Photographic Materials (Boxes 1-3)
  3. Series 3: Audiovisual Materials (Box 1)

Custodial History

The collection was a gift of Doris T. Ackerman in 2000.

Related Materials

Seventeen of Ackerman’s photographs in the Fresson, platinum, and other processes are held in the Center’s print collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in June 2016.

Gerald Ackerman collection circa 1980s-1994, 2005
Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan
© 2017
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Language of description note
Finding aid encoded in English .

Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States