|Name Peter Bunnell||Role Author|
|Books Inside the Photograph, Degrees of guidance, Minor White, the Eye that Shapes|
Education Ohio University (1961), Yale University
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
Peter C. Bunnell (born 1937) is an American author, scholar and historian of photography. For more than 40 years he has had a significant impact on collecting, exhibiting, teaching and practicing photography through his work as a university professor, museum curator and prolific author.
Life and career
Bunnell was born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1937. He received an undergraduate degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he studied with photographer Minor White, and an M.F.A. from Ohio University, where he studied with Clarence H. White, Jr., the son of the pictorial photographer Clarence Hudson White. He then went on to receive an M.A. degree in art history from Yale University, and later become an associate in the Alfred Stieglitz Archive at the university.
In 1970 Bunnell was named the Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Two years later he was invited to teach at Princeton University and was given the position of David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art. This was the first endowed professorship in the history of photography in the United States. That same year he curated a show at the museum called “Photography into Sculpture”, the first comprehensive survey of photographically formed images used in a sculptural manner. The show has been called “one of the great contributions to the history of photography.” due to its intent to redefine photography in a new spatial concept.
From 1973 to 1978 Bunnell was also the Director of the Princeton University Art Museum, where he helped build the collection of photographic holdings into “one of the great North American teaching collections.”
In 1979 he was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for further study of the history of photography.Bunnell received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council in 1984 that enabled him to travel and lecture extensively in Japan. He returned briefly to Japan in 1995 as a consultant to the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Since then he has taught at New York University, Dartmouth College and Yale University.
In 2002, Bunnell retired from his post at Princeton. That same year the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of postage stamps called ‘’Masters of American Photography’’ featuring photographers and images selected by Bunnell.
In 2011, Princeton University announced the endowment of the Peter C. Bunnell Curatorship in Photography.