[Los Angeles]: California State University Art Museum, 1979. Single volume, measuring 11 x 8.5 inches: 94, . Original stiff pictorial photographic wrappers, black endleaves. Illustrated with photographs throughout text. Lightest shelfwear to wrappers. Los Angeles County Museum of Art sticker to verso of front wrapper.
First edition of this catalogue of portraits by American photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston, one of 1500 copies produced to accompany the 1979 exhibition of the same name. In the 1880s, young journalist Johnston received one of the first Kodak cameras from family friend George Eastman, and soon made her reputation. Energetic and versatile, Johnston served as the White House photographer for five presidential administrations: Harrison, Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Taft. As the acknowledged “photographer of the American court," she produced thousands of commissioned portraits, including famous images of Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie, Joel Chandler Harris, George Washington Carver, and Alexander Graham Bell. The Washington society portraits collected here, taken between 1893 and 1906, provide a penetrating window into the American ruling class of the early twentieth century, as well as celebrated images of Susan B. Anthony and Frances Hodgson Burnett. A near-fine copy of a fascinating collection.