Pittsburgh: Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, 1980. Swank, Luke. First edition. Small 4to., 94 pp., 92 b&w photo-plates. With additional texts by Beaumont Newhall and Robert Doherty. A fine copy in the illustrated dust jacket that is slightly toned, lacking a few tiny chips at the spine crown, and is scarred on the bottom of the rear panel from the removal of a 1 x 1 inch price label. Item #51345
Swank was born in 1890 in Pennsylvania; after a number of different occupations and serving in the army, he turned to photography around 1930. He exhibited in various salons around the U.S., in group exhibitions in major museums, exhibed at the Julien Levy Gallery in 1932, and was published in several photographic journals. His work is among the best of the American modernist documentarians. Of particular interest are his photos of the circus.