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Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972

PC044 (RS81087)

Description

The Verner Reed Photographic Collection contains more than 26,000 negatives and prints. His work came to encompass what it means to be a New Englander. We discover in Reed's photographs a turbulent, lively, changeable New England--a place that defies its long-held reputation as being overly dependent on the past. Reed's New Englanders respected tradition, and relished and maintained much of value from the past, but were deeply engaged with the coming of a new age. Source: http://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/tour/verner_reed.asp.

Details

Collection Name
Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972
Collection Code
PC044
Dates
1950-1972
Acquisition Type
Gift
Date of Acquisition
2002
Physical Description
ca. 26,000 photographic prints and negatives
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Collection
GUSN
171300
Reference Code
PC044

Historical/Biographical Note

Verner Reed was born in 1923 in Denver, Colorado and was raised in North Carolina. He attended boarding school and graduated from Milton Academy in 1941. He was enrolled at Harvard University when he entered military service. For about two years, Reed was an aircraft engineer in the US Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in China, Burma, and India before being discharged as a first lieutenant in 1946.Reed had first turned to photography in the late 1940s in Vermont to document the handcrafted furniture he made. Soon, though, he took an interest in photography as a mode of self-expression. He moved to Boston in the early 1950s, where he spent much of his time, camera in hand, exploring the city's streets and photographing its inhabitants. He also sought out freelance work on the side. These two worlds--creating images of life in and around the city and earning a living from photography--came together serendipitously at the protests in response to the trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.In June 1953, Reed was taking pictures of a protest in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's executions were scheduled for later that week, and both their supporters and detractors were out in force. While he worked, Reed was approached by a "Life" magazine writer who had no photographer with him that day. Reed agreed to help the writer cover the story, and so began his six-year stint covering New England for "Life". During his photographic career, Reed's work was also featured in other national magazines such as "Fortune" and "Time", regional publications including "Vermont Life", and several New England newspapers. Verner Reed died on February 28, 2006 in Falmouth, Massachusetts.Sources: http://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/tour/verner_reed.asp; The Boston Globe, 2006-04-06, B7.

Record details

Originator
Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)
Other People
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Muskie, Edmund S., 1914-1996
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994
Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953
Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953
Tudor, Tasha
Descriptive Terms
antiques (object genre)
auctions
authors
campaigning
children (people by age group)
dolls
elections
fairs
farmers
farming
governors
photojournalism
politicians
portraits
rural areas
senators
trials
weddings
youth
Material Type
photographs
Subjects
Clemency
Demonstrations
Espionage
Tunbridge Fair (Tunbridge, Vt. ; 1964)
Places
New England (United States) [general region]
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Albany (Orleans county, Vermont)
Maine (United States)
Tunbridge (Orange county, Vermont)
Places (Buildings)
Massachusetts State House

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