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Charles Harbutt collection

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Identifier: AG 144

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Scope and Contents

The Charles Harbutt collection is composed of fifteen series: Correspondence and business files, Biographical materials, Writings, Lectures and workshops, Teaching files, Exhibition files, Book projects, Project files, Legal and financial files, Equipment files, Posters, Audiovisual materials, Publications, Awards and plaques, and Photographic materials.

Series one, Correspondence and business files, contains correspondence dating from the 1950s to 2012, as well as a poster, postcard contacts, and papers relating to Magnum Photos, Archive Pictures, Inc., and Actuality, Inc.

Series two, Biographical materials, includes Harbutt’s applications to the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, press passes and passports, materials related to Harbutt’s family, his yearbooks, interviews with Harbutt, and portraits of Harbutt.

Series three, Writings, contains writings by Harbutt arranged by date and dating from 1953-2000.

Series four, Lectures and workshops, is comprised of materials relating to Harbutt’s various lectures and workshops, and include both miscellaneous lecture material as well as files relating to specific lectures and workshops between 1970 and 2001.

Series five, Teaching files, includes an untitled manuscript by Harbutt, class assignment materials, as well as notes and materials from Harbutt’s time at Parsons School of Design.

Series six, Exhibition files, contains material related to exhibitions Harbutt participated in between the 1950s and 2014, and materials related to the 1980 “Salford ‘80” exhibition curated by Harbutt.

Series seven, Book projects, is made up of materials related to Harbutt’s various book projects circa 1967 to 2016, and is arranged alphabetically.

Series eight, Project files, includes materials from Harbutt’s photographic projects ranging from 1961 to 2018, and includes Picture Bandit materials from Magnum’s America In Crisis Exhibition, 1971.

Series nine, Legal and financial files, contains materials from a 1983-1988 lawsuit for reuse of photographs, ledgers, expense materials, earning statements, and finances.

Series ten, Equipment files, is made up of camera and other photographic guides, darkroom and lab information, and other technical materials.

Series eleven contains two boxes of posters.

Series twelve, Audiovisual materials, contains motion picture films in various formats, including NBC’s “Catholic Hour,” A Walk in the World, Child of Light, and Guy’s Song.

Series thirteen, Publications, includes clippings; various publications and magazines including Jubilee, Life, Look, and others; miscellaneous tearsheets; books and periodicals containing Harbutt images; and some exhibition materials.

Series fourteen is made up of awards, plaques, and certificates of recognition awarded to Harbutt, as well as his high school diploma and other memorabilia.

Series fifteen, Photographic materials, consists of three subseries: Negative and contact logs, Contact sheets, and Negatives. These contain negative and contact logs, contact sheets, negatives, and photographs from 1949 to 1998.

Dates

  • 1949-2018

Creator

Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

To access materials from this collection, please contact CCP-RefDesk@email.arizona.edu

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is held by the photographer.

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Biographical Note

Award-winning photographer, photojournalist, editor, and educator Charles Harbutt was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1935. Harbutt attended Marquette University in Wisconsin, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in journalism in 1956.

Harbutt served as associate editor of Catholic magazine Jubilee from 1956 to 1959, where he reported on topics including education, migrant farm workers and civil rights. In 1959, Harbutt was invited to document the Fidel Castro revolution, sponsored by Castro supporters. Harbutt worked as a freelance photographer from 1959 to 1986. In 1963 until 1981, he was a member of Magnum Photos, Inc. where he was elected as president twice and specialized in international and domestic political coverage.

While Harbutt’s early work was largely based around reporting, his later work shifted toward the more personal, day-to-day images he saw in his life. Harbutt’s work has been featured in several individual and group exhibitions at many notable museums both in the United States and abroad, including: the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of American History, George Eastman House, the International Center of Photography, the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Beaubourg, and the Maison européenne de la photographie. Harbutt’s publications include Travelog (MIT Press, Cambridge, 1974), Charles Harbutt: I Grandi Fotografi (Editoriale Fabbri, Milan, 1983), Progreso (Navarin Editeur, Paris, 1987), and Departures and Arrivals (Damiani, Bologna, 2012).

Harbutt taught photography throughout the United States at institutions including Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, and Bard College. He was also a visiting artist at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1975, the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976, and MIT in 1978. In 1999, Harbutt became an associate professor at Parsons School of Design. Harbutt continued to teach photography workshops all over the country until his death. He died of emphysema on June 30, 2015 in Monteagle, Tennessee.

Chronology

1935
Born July 29 in Camden, New Jersey.
1956
B.S. in Journalism from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
1956-59
Associate editor and photographer for Jubilee magazine.
1958
Marries Alberta Steves, with whom he would have three children.
1959
Travels to Cuba for project documenting Cuban revolution.
1959-86
Freelance magazine photographer.
1960
First one-person exhibition, Image Gallery, New York, NY.
1963-81
Member of Magnum Photos.
1963
Child of Light, his animated still film wins first prize for Television documentary at Monte Carlo Festival.
1964
Wins Blakeslee Award of the American heart Association for Life story “Code 99.”
1966
Given By-Line award, Marquette University, for distinguished alumni of College of Journalism.
1967
One-person exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago.
1969
Wins University of Missouri award for best use of photography in a magazine form for Look essay on West Side of Chicago.
1968-70
Consultant, Picture Editor and Chief Photographer to the New York City Planning Commission for their publication, The Plan for the City of New York, a six-volume master plan.
1969
Curates travelling show America in Crisis, which explored the impact of various media on the same set of images. Riverside Museum, New York, NY.
1969
Co-edits Magnum book America In Crisis.
1970
Film: Guy’s Song.
1970 Animated film: America: 1969, which he co-directed, awarded a Gold Medal at Atlanta International Film Festival.
1970
Designed and produced The Picture Bandit, a chance projection device and installation included in the Sao Paolo Biennale.
1970-71
Vice-President and member of board of governors, American Society of Magazine Photographers.
1970-72
President of Magnum Photos, NY.
1970
Teaches at Pratt Institute and institutes course exploring various media for viewing photographs.
1970-73
Adjunct Professor, Cooper Union. Designs film program.
1971
One-person exhibition, Imagewerks, Boston, MA.
1971
Teaches at workshops: Apeiron, Millertown, NY; Center of the Eye, Aspen,CO; Imageworks, Cambridge, MA; The Photography Place, Berwyn, PA; Rencontre Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France; Maine Photographic Workshops; Andersen Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO.
1972
Awarded New York State Council Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) grant. Catalog: Exposure.
1973
Commissioned by U.S. Bicentennial Committee to produce official announcement exhibit.
1974
First monograph, Travelog, published by MIT Press.
1974
Travelog awarded “Best Photographic Book of 1974” at Rencontre Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France.
1974
One-person exhibition, Il Diaframma, Milan, Italy.
1974
One-person exhibition, Photogalerie, Paris, France.
1975
One-person exhibition, Photographers’ Gallery, London, England.
1975
Workshop: International Center of Photography, New York, NY.
1975
Curates “In Search of Photography,” Hayward Gallery, MIT.
1975
Visiting Artist at the Art Institute of Chicago.
1975
One-person exhibition, Musee Reatu, Arles, France.
1976
Visiting Artist at the Rhode Island School of Design.
1976
Represented in the exhibition and book Photography in America, Whitney Museum, New York.
1976
One-person exhibition, Kalamazoo Art Institute, Kalamazoo, MI.
1976-78
President of Magnum Photos, NY.
1977
One-person exhibition, Galerie Fiolet, Amsterdam, Holland.
1978
He and Alberta divorce.
1978
Marries photographer Joan Liftin.
1978
Visiting Artist at MIT, Cambridge, MA.
1980
Curates Salford ’80, (American Photography 1930-1980), England.
1980
One-person exhibition, Salford ’80, Salford, England.
1981
Resigns from Magnum Photo.
1981-89
Founding member of Archive Pictures Inc., an international documentary photographers’ cooperative.
1983
President of Archive Pictures.
1983
Charles Harbutt: I Grandi Fotografi, published by Editoriale Fabbri, Milan, Italy.
1985
One-person exhibition, Artists’ Space, New York, NY (Mark Rothko Foundation exhibition grant).
1986
One-person exhibition, “Progreso,” Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France.
1986
Second monograph, Progreso published by Navarin Editeur, Paris.
1986
Workshop: “Work by Photographers at Duckspool,” Duckspool, England.
1987
English edition of Progreso published by Actuality Inc., New York.
1987
One-person exhibition, Witkin Gallery, New York, NY.
1987
Workshop: International Center of Photography, New York, NY.
1993
Adjunct Associate Professor of Photography, Bard College.
1993
Began donation of his materials to the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.
1995
Parsons School of Design.
1995
One-person exhibition, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY.
1997
Negatives, master prints and archives acquired by the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.
1997
Workshop: Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City.
1997
Retrospective exhibition, “FotoAutoBio,” at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.
1997
Workshop: “Work by Photographers at Duckspool,” Duckspool, England.
1999
Appointed full-time Associate Professor at Parsons.
2000
Workshop: “Work by Photographers at Duckspool”, Duckspool, England.
2000
Toscana Workshop, Tuscany, Italy.
2000
Workshop: International Center of Photography, New York, NY.
2000-01
One-person exhibition, “Retrospectiva,” Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City.
2001
One-person exhibition, “Dreams and Memories,” Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY.
2004
One-person exhibition, Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France.
2005
One-person exhibition, Peer Gallery, New York, NY.
2008
One-person exhibition, Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philippines.
2009
One-person exhibition, Focale Gallery, Nyon, Switzerland.
2012
Third monograph, Departures and Arrivals, published by Damiani, Bologna.
2012
Exhibition and lecture at BursaPhotoFest, Bursa, Turkey.
2013
Exhibition, “Charles Harbutt: Departures and Arrivals,” Center for Creative Photography, Tucson.
2015
Dies June 30 in Monteagle, Tennessee teaching a workshop.

Extent

40 Linear Feet

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Abstract

Personal papers, ephemera, publications, audiovisual, and photographic materials related to the career of Charles Harbutt (1935-2015), photographer, teacher, and writer. Includes Magnum story logs, project files, negatives, information on the Salford 80 exhibition, diaries and other material related to Harbutt's book Progreso, Travelog, Departures and Arrivals and eight bound volumes of the magazine Jubilee (1953-1961).

Arrangement

The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence and business files, n.d., circa 1950s-2012, 2 boxes
  2. Series 2: Biographical materials, n.d., 1949-2015, 3 boxes
  3. Series 3: Writings, n.d., 1953-2000, 1 box
  4. Series 4: Lectures and workshops, n.d., 1970-2001, 2 boxes
  5. Series 5: Teaching files, n.d., 1995-2002, 1 box
  6. Series 6: Exhibition files, n.d., circa 1950s-2014, 2 boxes
  7. Series 7: Book projects, n.d, circa 1967-2016, 4 boxes
  8. Series 8: Project files, n.d., 1961-2018, 2 boxes
  9. Series 9: Legal and financial files, 1958-2000, 1 box
  10. Series 10: Equipment files, n.d., 1990-1995, 1 box
  11. Series 11: Posters, n.d., 2 boxes
  12. Series 12: Audiovisual materials, n.d., 1 box
  13. Series 13: Publications, n.d., circa 1950s-2014, 15 boxes
  14. Series 14: Awards and plaques, n.d., 1952-2005, 1 box

Series 15: Photographic materials, n.d., 1949-1998, 93 boxes

  1. Subseries 1: Negative and contact logs, 1956-1983, 2 boxes
  2. Subseries 2: Contact sheets, 1956-1986, 28 boxes
  3. Subseries 3: Negatives, n.d., 1949-1998, 63 boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials in this collection began arriving as a gift of the photographer in May 1993, and additional materials have been received from Joan Liftin. The collection is active.

Bibliography

  • Bailey, Holly. Charles Harbutt, a Photographer Captivated by Magic in Pictures. Yahoo! News, Yahoo!, 3 Mar. 2014, www.yahoo.com/news/charles-harbutt--a-photographer-captivated-by-magic-in-pictures-012035551.html.
  • Roberts, Sam. Charles Harbutt, Photojournalist With an Eye for Art, Dies at 79. The New York Times, The New York Times, 21 Dec. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2015/07/03/arts/charles-harbutt-photojournalist-with-an-eye-for-art-as-well-as-news-dies-at-79.html.

Processing Information

The finding aid was updated by Caroline Ross in 2018, again by Alexis Peregoy in 2019, and again by Tai Huesgen in 2020.

Title
Charles Harbutt collection 1949-2018
Author
Finding aid created by CCP Archives Staff
Date
© 2020
Description rules
Finding Aid Based On Dacs (Describing Archives: A Content Standard)
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid encoded in English

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