Steven W. Donahue Photograph Collection
Scope and Content
The fine art prints, boxes 1, 2 and 3, are grouped by size and represent several thematic projects Donahue pursued. CSWR collections focus on regional topics, and the Steven Donahue collection includes an extensive representation of People in the Arts, Urban Places, The West, Petroglyphs, and representative examples of Donahue's other series: Portraits, Still Lifes, Staged Photographs, Michigan, and Ice Crystals.
The notebook contents have been transferred to folders, housing the prints and negatives separately, but generally maintaining Donahue's original order and labels.
The commercial group are job files arranged alphabetically
The final group are miscellaneous negative, slides, color and black and white prints, family snapshots and photographs, reproductions and contact sheets. This group includes a small collection of glass plate negatives associated with Donahue's exploration of printing processes and techniques.
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Biography / History
He was a professional photographer from 1965-2013, a master color printer in two custom photo labs in Chicago in the 1960s to early 1970s, ran his own photo studio and custom darkroom in Harbor Beach, Michigan (Steven's Studio) in the 1970s, and his studio with custom black and white printing in Albuquerque (Central Photographic) from 1985 until his death in 2013.
Donahue's subjects were people, urban street views, rural places, nature, abstract subjects and mythology. His own work included landscapes, cityscapes and experiential photography with invented scenery, unusual lighting and mirrors. He developed and hand printed his own black and white photos, and was skilled in hand coloring. He photographed and printed work for others, and taught darkroom and studio skills. Donahue was experimenting with digital prints toward the end of his life.
See also: Steven Donahue Photography web site
14 boxes (383 photographic prints, plus approximately 31,000 negatives, contact sheets and other records.)
- Finding Aid of the Steven W. Donahue Photograph Collection, 1965-2013
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- Cindy Abel Morris
- Â© 2017
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- Finding aid is in English
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Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository
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