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Lucienne Ash collection

Identifier: AG 277

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various archival materials that detail the process and work of Lucienne (Lucy Ash). There are several sets of materials showcasing the areas where Ash presented her work to the public. The collection contains two publications; one created by Ash and Mary Frost entitled Scanscapes and the Monterey Peninsula Guide with a photo from Ash on the cover. Ash donated two scrapbooks detailing the research she undertook in creating the Cibachrome Photochromatics series. These books contain the printed photos and select notes taken by Ash with each corresponding photo. Also found in the publications is a copy of a children's book that Ash used for her photograph series entitled Fairy Tales.

In terms of photographs, this collection is divided by positives and mounted photographs. There are over 140 positives that correspond to Ash’s work that the CCP has either in the Archive or the Fine Print Collection. This collection reflects Ash’s idiosyncratic style by having several series of works created by Ash during the late 20th century. These series include the abstract work of the Cibachrome Photochromatics series to the fantastical and unique look of her Ferry Tales/ Fairy Tales series and Model and Mannequin series.


  • circa 1970s-1990s

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Biographical / Historical

Lucienne (Lucy) Ash (1929-) was born and raised in China to Russian parnets until she moved to California in 1946 to pursue a degree in chemistry. She became a teacher and moved to Millbrae, California where she started her career as a photographer. She learned photography through several local workshops and University’s extension programs. Ash’s work focused on the process done in the dark room, where she used a variety of techniques to produce her work to her liking. In the 1980s, she moved to Carmel Highlands and pursued her passion for photography and darkroom techniques further to this day.


5 Boxes

4.48 Linear Feet

1.81 Cubic Feet

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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 information pertaining to the life and career of Lucienne (Lucy) Ash (1929-), photographer. Materials include publsihed material using Ash's work, reserach files, 144 postives of Ash's work, and 30 mounted photographs.

Custodial History

Donated by Lucy Ash in April and June 2019

Processing Information

Finding Aid Created by Elias Larralde in 2021

Lucienne Ash collection
Elias Larralde
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Finding Aid Based On Dacs (Describing Archives: A Content Standard)
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States