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Peter P Blank

Photography Curator

Peter Blank, Photography Curator, Special Collections
(650) 561-2392

Collaborating with other subject specialists in Stanford Libraries and our colleagues at the Cantor Arts Center, my primary responsibilities as Photography Curator are to identify and acquire significant photographer’s archives and important photography collections and to assist in making these and our existing photography holdings more discoverable through an active physical and digital curatorial program. A major corresponding duty is to assure that the Libraries’ photography collections are available well into the future via a standards-based long term care and access program. Our goal is to fully incorporate photographic materials into the University’s mission of academic exploration and discovery, thus encouraging the creation of new scholarship in all fields that investigate photography and the expression of culture as a visual construct. To further these aspirations in April 2019 we launched the Stanford Libraries Photography Initiative. An interview appeared in the July 2020 issue of ReMix eNewsletter, "A Lens on Society."

Peter P Blank

Photography Curator

Collaborating with other subject specialists in Stanford Libraries and our colleagues at the Cantor Arts Center, my primary responsibilities as Photography Curator are to identify and acquire significant photographer’s archives and important photography collections and to assist in making these and our existing photography holdings more discoverable through an active physical and digital curatorial program. A major corresponding duty is to assure that the Libraries’ photography collections are available well into the future via a standards-based long term care and access program. Our goal is to fully incorporate photographic materials into the University’s mission of academic exploration and discovery, thus encouraging the creation of new scholarship in all fields that investigate photography and the expression of culture as a visual construct. To further these aspirations in April 2019 we launched the Stanford Libraries Photography Initiative. An interview appeared in the July 2020 issue of ReMix eNewsletter, "A Lens on Society."

Education 

  • ABD. Art History. University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • MA. Hunter College, City University of New York. Art History. 1990. Thesis: "The Murmuring Vessel: Clarence John Laughlin, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Henry Holmes Smith, Frederick Sommer: The Continuing Trend of Subjectivism in American Photography.” 1993.
  • MLS. Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Library and Information Science. Specialized in art librarianship. 1989.
  • BA. Indiana University, Bloomington. Fine Arts Studio (photography and sculpture). 1987.
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