April 19, 1995 Contact: Barbara McKenna (408/459-2495)
Nash Editions presents gift to UC Santa Cruz
What: Nash Editions partners Graham Nash and Mac Holbert will present a portfolio of prints of selected photographs by Horace Bristol to representatives from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
When: Thursday, April 20, 11 a.m.
Where: Pasatiempo Inn, Highway 17 and Pasatiempo Drive
Summary: Graham Nash and Mac Holbert are the owners of Nash Editions, producing fine artwork and photographic reproductions using state-of-the-art digital-image manipulation and ink-jet printing technologies. In 1994, Nash Editions invited photographer Horace Bristol to produce a portfolio of his work, under Bristol's personal supervision, on the Nash Editions presses.
This is the first digital photography portfolio ever produced. The set of eight prints, released in 1993 in a limited edition, is valued at $3,500. The portfolio will be housed in Special Collections in the University Library at UCSC, enhancing a significant photography collection that includes the only complete set of the Edward Weston Project Prints as well as materials documenting the social and environmental history of California.
Rita Bottoms: Head of Special Collections at the University Library at UCSC. Bottoms and Keith Muscutt (see below) will receive the gift on behalf of UCSC.
Mac Holbert: A graduate of Cowell College at UCSC, Holbert worked as a student in the library's Special Collections in the late 1960s. He later became Graham Nash's personal manager. After many years touring with Nash and managing his business affairs, Holbert, who shares Nash's passion for photography, co-founded Nash Editions, to which he now dedicates himself full time.
Keith Muscutt: Assistant Dean of the Arts at UCSC. Muscutt and Rita Bottoms (see above) will receive the gift on behalf of UCSC.
Graham Nash: An internationally renowned musician and environmental activist, Nash is also a photographer, collector of photography, and philanthropist supporting a variety of fine-art and documentary-photography causes. He is in Santa Cruz April 19 and 20 to perform in a benefit concert for victims of the 1995 floods.
Nash has a long-standing association with UCSC and the local community and has made several donations of rare photographic journals to Special Collections. His pioneering work in digital photography led him, in collaboration with Holbert, to conceive of converting ink-jet proofing presses to serve the needs of fine artists and photographers. This resulted in the establishment of Nash Editions, managed in partnership with Holbert.
An exhibition of Nash's photographic work, printed by Nash Editions, is planned as part of a series curated by Rita Bottoms to be shown at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1996. This exhibit is one of several at the Butler drawn from the University Library photographic archives.
Horace Bristol (not in attendance): An esteemed photographer, Bristol produced some of his earliest and best-known work in a photo-journalistic collaboration with John Steinbeck in the 1930s to document migrant workers in the Central Valley of California.
The project became the foundation of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. During World War II Bristol worked as a naval photographer, producing many images that caught the imagination of the public-- among them, "PBY Blister Gunner." With many credits for Life, National Geographic, and other photographic journals, he went on to document the occupation of post-WW II Japan. Now in his 80s, Bristol emerged from retirement in 1991 and has produced a series of retrospective exhibitions.