Clarence Kennedy photographed by friend and fellow photographer Ansel Adams

Clarence Kennedy photographed by friend and fellow photographer Ansel Adams

Clarence Kennedy’s PhD Dissertation on Art and Photography

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1924

The argument over the practice of using reproductions was particularly poignant amongst art history scholars and professors at the turn of the century. Clarence Kennedy’s Harvard University Ph.D. dissertation focusing on Greek Sculpture and the problems of photographing art. This brought the issue into the academic sphere as a legitimate topic deserving of attention. Trained as both an art historian and a photographer, his research concentrated specifically on objective versus subjective values in interpretation, explanation, and criticism. Personally interested in classical sculpture, he experimented heavily with lighting and capturing the essence of a work in a photograph. He went on to serve as an art history professor at Smith College for four decades and published eight volumes of The History and Criticism of Sculpture. 

Sources

“Clarence Kennedy.” The J. Paul Getty Museum. Accessed December 15, 2015. http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/artists/1345/clarence-kennedy-american-1892-1972/
Freitag, Wolfgang. “Early Uses of Photography in the History of Art.” Art Journal, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Winter, 1979-1980): 117-123.

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