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Portrait of Albert Bender

20th Century
8 5/8 in. x 6 1/2 in. (21.91 cm x 16.51 cm)

Edward Weston, American, (1886–1958)

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Gift of William P. Wentworth
Accession Number: 1980.18
A savvy businessman and wealthy insurance broker, Albert M. Bender was also a generous patron of the arts and a trustee at Mills College. Bender was instrumental in the creation of the Mills College Art Museum and donated many artworks to the museum’s collection, including many of the photographs on display in this exhibition. Bender’s legacy can still be seen in the existence of the Bender Room, located in Carnegie Hall, as well as the Albert M. Bender Collection. The Albert M. Bender Collection, located in the Special Collections Heller Room of the Mills College Library, consists of approximately 5,600 books on a variety of topics. Bender was a close friend of many of the members of Group f/64 and encouraged many of them in their photographic pursuits. Original correspondence between Bender and various members of Group f/64, such as Ansel Adams, can be seen in the Special Collections Heller Room. In Portrait of Albert Bender, Bender’s contemplative gaze, combined with the elegant black and white photography, lend him an air of sophistication. Edward Weston’s technical and compositional skills work together to depict Bender as a philanthropic benefactor of artists.

--Akari Goda-Maurezzutt, December 2015

Exhibition List
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  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 5/8 in. x 6 1/2 in. (21.91 cm x 16.51 cm)
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)

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