The Witkin Gallery 25

Portfolio of Photographs Selected by Evelyne Z. Daitz

Introduction by Peter C. Bunnell


The Witkin Gallery is without a doubt the presence most identified with the launching of photography to public consciousness and collector interest in the 1970s. The first successful commercial gallery of photography, it broke ground for the diverse scene that is photography in New York today.

This year marks the Witkin Gallery’s twenty-fifth anniversary. In celebration, Lumiere Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Witkin Gallery 25. In his introduction, Peter C. Bunnell recalls the New York art scene of the 70s, Lee Witkin’s inestimable contribution, and his continuing legacy.

The centrepiece of the book is a portfolio of twenty-five photographs, a poetic celebration of twenty-five years, selected by Evelyne Z. Daitz. The works of such artists as Edward Weston, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, André Kertész, Robert Doisneau, Ruth Orkin and Wright Morris have been reproduced in the lustrous Stonetone process by Rapoport Printing in New York. The history of the gallery is completed with a comprehensive exhibition chronology.


Composed in Linotype Granjon and printed on mould-made Molino paper. The book is illustrated with twenty six images (two tipped in) printed on Warrens Lustro Dull Cream paper. Quarter bound in black Canepetta book cloth, with Canson “ocean green” paper, printed with a metallic gold pattern, over boards. Sixty pages; 6 x 9 inches. Edition 250. March 1994.

Variant Edition

Twenty-five books, numbered I to XXV, have been accompanied by an original signed gelatin-silver print by Manuel Alvarez Bravo presented in a custom folio. Book and folio are housed in a slipcase wrapped in hand-decorated paper.


"50 Books of the Year", American Institute of Graphic Arts
Alcuin Society Citation, Limited Edition Book Design.


Out of print.