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Ben Maddow collection

Identifier: AG 108

Scope and Contents

Series 1 contains information pertaining to the life and career of Willard Van Dyke (1906-1986), photographer, curator, teacher, and filmmaker. It includes correspondence, photographic materials, and writings.

Series 2 contains information pertaining to the life and career of W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), photojournalist. It includes correspondence and writings.


  • 1942-1986


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Conditions Governing Use

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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

Born in 1909 in New Jersey, Ben Maddow was a writer, photography critic, and photo-historian. After retiring from writing screenplays for Hollywood films in 1971, Maddow became well-known for his writings on photography, which include a bibliography of Edward Weston titled Edward Weston: fifty years (1973), Faces: A Narrative History of the Portrait in Photography (1977), and The Photography of Max Yavno (1981). Maddow also served as editor and illustrator for W. Eugene Smith’s Let Truth be the Prejudice: W. Eugene Smith, His Life and Photographs (1985). Maddow died in Los Angeles in 1992.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

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


This collection contains materials, 1942-1986, pertaining to the life and career of Ben Maddow (1909 - 1992), writer and photo-historian. Each group of materials will be described separately. The collection is active.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Willard Van Dyke biographical materials, 1942-1985, 3 folders
  2. Series 2: W. Eugene Smith biographical materials, 1971-1986, 2 folders

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were acquired from Ben Maddow; materials in Series 1 were acquired from 1986-1988, materials in Series 2 were acquired from 1986-1987.


  • Honan, William H. Ben Maddow, 83, Prolific Writer in Many Genres. The New York Times, The New York Times Company, 14 October 1992, Section B, page 10, Accessed 24 November 2020.

Processing Information

The materials in Subgroups 1 and 2 were withdrawn from MISCELLANEOUS SMALL COLLECTIONS (AG 8, Subgroup 41) by Kristi Bradford in June, 1990.

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016 and by Tai Huesgen in November 2020.

Ben Maddow collection 1942-1986
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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