Harry Ransom Center

Close Window

Helmut Gernsheim as a Collector

In this video clip from a 1978 interview, J. B. Colson asks Helmut Gernsheim about his passion for collecting and his career as pioneering historian of photography. Helmut and Alison Gernsheim's efforts significantly contributed to the acceptance of photography as a fine art and as a field worthy of intellectual study. In this clip, Helmut Gernsheim discusses how and why he started collecting photography before it became an established practice.