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Harrowing Tale: aipad Member Dealers Rescue Photographic Estate

Posted By Administration, Saturday, July 28, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 03, 2014

Related Exhibition:
A CLASSIC COLLECTION: From the Estate of Julian T. Baker Jr. (1939-2011)

Etherton Gallery
through Friday, Aug. 31


The story of the Julian T. Baker Collection is perhaps as interesting as the works which comprise it. A latecomer to collecting, Baker wasted no time. It was only in the last 10-15 years of his life that he became active. His interests were broad, but his curiosity seemed most inclined towards Post World War silverprints. The collection includes iconic work by the greats- Harry Callahan, Sally Mann, Ralph Gibson, Linda Connor, Aaron Siskind, and more; Chicago-based aesthetic, including Kenneth Josephson; and Japanese photographers including Hiroshi Sugimoto.

When Baker passed in February of 2011 the photographic collection amassed was to be sold and the proceeds to be given to his heirs. The Center for Creative Photography, Tuscon was also a benifactor. The task was set to Bakers top dealers- Terry Etherton and Gitterman, both aipad member galleries. After convincing the family of the print's value and saving them from overheating when the air conditioning was shut off, the two dealers rescued prints in haste from an approaching tornado.

"The hurricane was about to happen," Etherton says. With the SUV jam-packed with photographic treasures, they sped into the wind. The storage place was 10 miles away.

"It was a race against time," Etherton exclaims with a laugh. "Here were two crackers from New York and Tucson in a van loaded with millions of dollars of pictures." - Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly


The risk was worth the effort- the mountains of prints works were saved and a lovely collection is now on display at Etherton Gallery.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Terry Etherton Gallery

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