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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Negatives

35mm transparencies [restricted]

Medium format transparencies [restricted]

Printed material

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lucian Perkins Photographic Archive, 1979-2001



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Perkins, Lucian
Title: Lucian Perkins Photographic Archive
Dates: 1979-2001
Abstract: Two-time Pulitzer prize winner Lucian Perkins graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in biology. He later studied photography with Garry Winogrand and worked on the student newspaper, The Daily Texan. In 1979 he received an internship at The Washington Post, where he worked as a staff photographer for 27 years. The collection consists primarily of 35mm color and black and white negatives but also includes medium format transparencies, and contact sheets
Accession No.: 2008-246
Extent: 14 linear ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Two-time Pulitzer prize winner Lucian Perkins graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in biology. He later studied photography with Garry Winogrand and worked on the student newspaper, The Daily Texan. In 1979 he received an internship at The Washington Post, where he worked as a staff photographer for 27 years. He received the "Newspaper Photographer of the Year" award from the National Press Photographers Association in 1994 for a portfolio that included projects in Russia and a “behind-the-scenes” look at the New York fashion shows. In 1995 with Post reporter, Leon Dash, he won a Pulitzer Prize for their four-year study of the effects of poverty on three generations of a Washington, D. C. family through the eyes of the family's matriarch, Rosa Lee Cunningham. In 1996 he was awarded the World Press Photo of the Year for his photograph of a young boy in war- torn Chechnya. In 2000 Perkins won another Pulitzer Prize along with two colleagues at the Post for their coverage of the Kosovo conflict.

While at the Post, Perkins covered major international events, including Russia since 1988, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also chronicled local and national events throughout the United States, and worked closely with the online version of the newspaper to produce many of their first multimedia, interactive projects. In October 1998, Chronicle Books published his first book, Runway Madness, which accompanied a national touring exhibition.

Perkins also co-founded InterFoto, a non-profit that mounted an annual international photography conference in Moscow, Russia (1995-2005), and organized exchange programs, exhibitions, workshops and a “Russian Photography of the Year” contest. In 1996 and 1997 Perkins curated an exhibition of Russian photography “Russia: Chronicles of Change” that traveled to museums in the United States.

Currently, Perkins is an independent photographer and videographer concentrating on multimedia projects and video documentaries while still pursuing his love for the still image.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of 35mm color and black and white negatives but also includes medium format transparencies, and contact sheets. Subjects in this collection range from Russia to high fashion to wars and refugees in Bosnia, Sarajevo, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Palestine. Among the many subjects is coverage of the first Gulf War, a series focused on the Rosa Lee Cunningham family’s three generations of poverty in Washington D. C., and one on the refugee situation in Kosovo. Extremely wide-ranging and diverse, this collection also includes a biker rally, a Star Wars convention, Sioux Indians and Midwestern tourists as well as celebrities and noteworthy events. Documentation of Interfoto, the organization Perkins founded to promote the work of Russian photographers, and approximately 1.5 feet of Washington Post magazines and other publications containing Perkins’ work as well as clippings, catalogs and promotional materials are also included.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access restricted to transparent media. Copyright retained by photographer or Washington Post.

Use Restrictions

This collection is stored remotely. Advance notice is required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Abzug, Bella, 1920-1998
Ali, Mohammad
Big John [D.J.]
Bush, George Herbert Walker, 1924-
Caldwell, Zoe
Christie, Julie
Christo, 1935-
Clinton, Bill, 1946-
Cunningham, Rosa Lee
Davis, Gene, 1920-1985
DeLorean, John Z.
Domingo, Placido, 1941-
Farrakhan, Louis
Hart, Gary
Hope, Bob, 1903-2003
Kiser, Ben
Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
Lundgren, Dolph
McCain, John
Percy, Charles
Principal, Victoria
Perkins, Lucian--Archives
Reagan, Ronald
Rothenberger, Susan
Springsteen, Bruce
Talbott, Strobe
Subjects
Celebrities
Events
Fashion--United States
Musicians
Photojournalism
Politics
Sioux Indians
Sports
Tourists
War
Places
Afghanistan
Bosnia and Hercegovina
Chechyna
Israel
Kosovo
Middle East
Mongolia
Pakistan
Russia
Serbia
United States
Washington (D.C.)

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Related Material

Contact the photographs archivist for a listing of Perkins’ assignments for University of Texas student publications, circa 1978-1980.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lucian Perkins Photographic Archive,1979-2001, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Digital Versions

One-hundred and seventy-seven 35mm slides from the Perkins archive have been digitized and are available for viewing online in a Briscoe Center for American History database. Using the online finding aid, patrons may click the highlighted entries in the archive to view digitized images from that entry. To make an appointment to view other images from the archive, please contact the Photographs Archivist.

Click here to see all digitized images from the Lucian Perkins Photographic Archive.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Negatives

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2008-246/1 Selects:
4th of July
1992 Democratic Convention
Afghanistan/Pakistan, 1998
Afghanistan, Feb./March 2001
Anufrievo
Bike Week (Daytona Beach)
Black Tie and Boots 2001
Bosnia, 1995
Chechnya
Crystal Health
D.C. cops
Dagestan Wedding
Demonstration, 9/17/95 - Peace signing in Washington
Girls' Pageant
Gulf War 1991
Gulf War Parade, 1991
Intifada, 1988
Kosovo Blace Camp
Kosovo Bus, 1999
Kosovo/June
Kosovo Lulzia
Kosovo Serb
Kosovo/U.S. Army
Kuwait
Lucian
Migration/Europe, 2001
Million Man March, 1995
Nader Campaign, 2000
Navy Grad
Oman/Crime/Funeral
Rodeo, 2000
Rosa Lee [Cunningham]
Russia
Russia, 1988
Russia, 1993
Georgia
Gypsies
Russian Elections
Russian Nightclub
Russian Pet Market
Russia Pilgrimage
Siberia, 2001
Singles
Sioux Indians, 1984
Tolstoy Estate
Vjosa
Woodstock, 1994
Runway Madness:
Book selects
Outtakes
Copy negatives
Afghanistan
Bosnia
Gulf War:
Gulf War (2 folders), 1991
Gulf War Parade, 6/91
Shaheen Press Conference
Camel Auction, 2/91
Market in Horfut
Saudi Bedouin
Sri Lankan fisherman
Kosovo (5 folders)
Kosovo, Nov. 1999
Middle East:
Intifada
Israel
Peace signing-Rabin/Arafact (Washington, D.C.), 1995
Mongolia (2 folders), 1993
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2008-246/2 Russia and the Former Soviet Union, 1986-2001:
Anufrievo (2 folders)
Baptism
Belozersk, 2000*
Chechnya (Grozny)
Chernobyl 10th Anniversary, 1986
Elections (2 folders)
Kazan, 1996
Moscow, 1995
Oman (Funeral)
Pet Market
Pilgrimage
Russia (4 folders), 1993*
Russia, 1996
Russia, 1997
Russia (undated)
St. Petersburg
Siberian Diary (3 folders), 2001
Soviet Union, 1988
Tattoo Surgery
Tolstoy Estate
Serbia
Sarajevo
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2008-246/3 United States:
Annapolis, 2001
Bike Week, Daytona Beach
Clinton campaign, 1992
Clinton Inauguration, 1997
Clinton impeachment, 1998
D.C. stories
Rosa Lee [Cunningham]
Sept. 11, 2001
Spet. 14, 2001
Sioux Indians, 1984
Storm Troopers
Texas Inaugural Ball, 2000
Woodstock, 1994
Sports
1988 Superbowl
Basketball and football (2 folders)
Girls Lacrosse
London Croquet
Peewee baseball
Rugby
Fashion:
1987:
Marc Jacobs
1990:
Giorgio Armani
Geoffrey Beene
Bill Blass
Perry Ellis
Maribel Garcia
Jennifer George
Gordon Henderson*
Carolina Herrera
Betsey Johnson
Donna Karan
Anne Klein*
Calvin Klein
Michael Kors*
Michael Leva
Ralph Lauren
Bob Mackie
Isaac Mizrahi*
Rebecca Moses
Todd Oldham
Oscar de la Renta
Carolyne Roehm 1990, 1991
Roth
Shamask
Adrianne Vitadini
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2008-246/4 1992:
Fall 1992 collections shoot list
Geoffrey Beene
Bill Blass
Perry Ellis
Jennifer George
Carolina Herrera
Betsey Johnson
Gemma Kang
Donna Karan
Anne Klein
Calvin Klein
Michael Kors
Byron Lars
Ralph Lauren
Bob Mackie
Nicole Miller
Badgley Mischka
Isaac Mizrahi
Todd Oldham
Oscar de la Renta
Christian Francis Roth
Anna Sui
Zang Toi
1993 [for Spring 1994]:
Council of Fashion Designers of America
Norma Kamali
Donna Karan
Anne Klein
Calvin Klein
CK Calvin Klein
Byron Lars
Ralph Lauren
Michael Leva
Manolo
Nicole Miller
Models
Isaac Mizrahi
Todd Oldham
Sarah Phillips
Christian Roth
Maria Snyder
Anna Sui
Vivienne Tam
Richard Tyler
Yeohlee
Zang Toi
Unidentified
Fall 1994:
Geoffrey Beene
Bill Blass
Council of American Fashion Designers
Mark Eisen
Ghost
Carolina Herrera
Marc Jacobs
Betsey Johnson
Norma Kamali
Donna Karan
DKNY
Anne Klein
Calvin Klein
CK Calvin Klein
Michael Kors
Label
Byron Lars
Ralph Lauren
Nicole Miller
Badgley Mischka
Isaac Mizrahi
Todd Oldham
Oscar de la Renta
Lauren Sara
Maria Snyder
Anna Sui
Richard Tyler
Zoran
Unidentified
Spring 1995:
Victor Alfaro
Geoffrey Beene
Bill Blass
Mark Eisen
Tracy Feith
Ghost
Nina Hyde [?]
Marc Jacobs
Donna Karan
DKNY
Anne Klein
Calvin Klein
Ralph Lauren
Nicole Miller
Badgley Mischka
Todd Oldham
Isaac Mizrahi
Oscar de la Renta
Kenneth Richard
Anna Sui
Richard Tyler
Vivienne Tam
Yeohlee
1996:
B & G, Fall 1996
Gordon Henderson, 10/30/96
Nicole Miller, 11/96
Unidentified
1997:
Betsey Johnson
Marc Jacobs
Todd Oldham
Oscar de la Renta
Unidentified (3 folders)
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2008-246/5 1999:
Backstage
John Bartlett
Kenneth Cole
Rebecca D
Sandy Dalal
DKNY
Carolina Herrera
Tommy Hilfiger
Girls Rule
Halston
Marc Jacobs
Betsey Johnson
Calvin Klein
Susan LA
Ralph Lauren
Gene M
Nicole Miller
Moet
Oscar de la Renta
Carolyne Roehm
Anna Sui
TSE
Tuleh
Richard Tyler
Michael U
Vivienne Westwood
Unidentified
Undated:
Victor Alfaro
Bill Blass
Stephen DiGeronimo
Mark Eisen
Hubert Franco
Norma Kamali
Isaac Mizrahi
Maria Snyder
Miscellaneous
Mixed designers, 1994, 1995, undated
Unidentified and undated
Micellaneous politicians, celebrities, musicians and artists:
Bruce Springsteen
Susan Rothenberger
Henry Kissinger
Bob Hope
Mohammed Ali
Gary Hart
"Big John" [D.J.]
Dolph Lundgren, 1959
John Cleese
Charles Percy
Ben Kaiser
Ronald Reagan
Sen. Charles Percy
John McCain
Bill Clinton
Strobe Talbott
Julie Christie and Victoria Principal
Louis Farrakhan
Zoe Caldwell
Gene Davis
Placido Domingo
Christo
John DeLorean
Bella Abzug
George H.W. Bush
Miscellaneous events:
Big Apple Circus, 9/17/81
Liberty Weekend, 9/4/96
Million Man March
Annapolis, 1979
AIDS/Abortion March
Hurricane
NPR
Promise Keepers
Raids
Timber industry, 2/26/85
Korean War vets
Staunton Elementary School, 12/18/89
Circus
Miscellaneous:
Snow
Woodies
Salvadoran refugees, 4/12/85
Oberlin College, 2/26/85
Click modeling agency, 2/26/85
Homeless, 1/22/87
Roller Derby, 3/16/83
Nude Pageant
New Year's Eve, 1/1/86
Buzzards, 10/15/83
High School prom breakfast, 5/24/83
D.C. jail crowding, 12/4/84
Funeral, TWA victims, 4/12/86
Art Show, 5/13/85
Memorial Day, 5/30/83
Clarence Thomas hearing, 10/91
Politics
Enterprise, Tidal Basin, 4/12/81
Moynihan
Swimmer?
Tastee Diner
Invasion of Delaware, 7/23/79
Krishnas
4th of July
Anita Hill hearings
Girls Pageant
American Splendormagazine [comic book]
Remember the Alamo!
Parade
Abortion Rally
Mount Pleasant
10/24/89 [?]
Father Stallings, 6/19/89
Vietnam Memorial
Rain pictures
Women's restroom, prom night
Unidentified
AIDS [?]
Italy
St. Patrick's parade, 3/13/89
Vietnam Memorial
Parade
AIDS [?]
Ballet school
National Zoo, 5/2/89
Coleman Headquarters
Crystal/health
Gay rights march
D.C. family watching Mandela release on TV
Winnie Mandela at A.M.E. church
Aristede supporters at White House
Cirque de Soleil
Gulf War - Sri Lankan fisherman
Chuck Robb
Rollerblading
Personal
AIDS march
Nude women's pageant
Style Jane Pow (P Street waltz), 1/9/80
Sgt. John Conner's funeral, 7/28/88
Search for boy, 8/95
Zacchaeus soup kitchen
Unemployment office in Maryland, 1/25/88
Coleman Headquarters
Chuck Robb victory
Tabankin, 9/14/94
AIDS quilt, 10/13/96
White House press
Harry Callahan and his wife Eleanor, 2/26/96
Richard Beeston, London Times
Sakharov Museum (personal)
Banya
Central Bath House
[?] referendum, 4/25/93
Youth concert for Yeltsin
Palm Sunday
Travel - Red Square
Murder scene, Moscow
Cemetery
Oman
Russian prison, 9/13/93
Surgery
Hospital
Youth disco
Parliament building, 10/4/93
Parliament building, 10/5/93
Ruble M [?]
Pets
Evangelist in Gorky Park
Easter
Moscow
Jesus in Dagestau
Statue
Moscow pollution
Sakhalin Island
Villagers in Askentievo, Russia
Revival in Gorky Park
Smoking ads
Gorby
Sailor Day
Birthing Center #8
Veterans Day
Veterans Day and Yeltsin
Yeltsin Rally
Coup trial, communist supporters
Hare Krishna soup kitchen
Wedding House
S[?], Siberia
Red Square
Komsomolsk
Croatia
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2008-246/6 General Assignments, (includes fashion) 1995-2001

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35mm transparencies [restricted]

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2008-246/7 Russia and former Soviet Union:
Moscow 1988
United States:
Eaglehart
Gallaudet president
Jazz
Bill Masters
Pig racing
Tourists
Sports

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Medium format transparencies [restricted]

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2008-246/8 Jack Anderson
John Barth
Gallaudet president
David Hilfiker
Jazz
Bill Masters
Steve Potter
Sniper
Statue of Liberty
Statues
Tourists
Tourists, Midwest
Congressman Walker
Miscellaneous (includes Circus and Neon)
Miscellaneous (includes Health cover)

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Printed material

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2008-246/9 Fashion/Runway madness write-ups: Washington Review (1998), The Sun (2003), The Sun – Steppin’ Out (2003), Washington Post (1987, 1990, 1994), Palm Beach Post (1998), Time Out NY (1998), Dallas Morning News (1998), 1987-2003
Fashion publications: American Photo (1998), Washington Post Magazine (1998), Detour (1998), 1998
Mixed Extras: Smithsonian (July 2009), gallery brochures, Shutterbug (2001), Life (1979), Sunday Herald Magazine (2007), 1979-2009
World Press Photo, 1996, 2004, 2006
Washington Post Calendar, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984
Washington Post Magazine, 1986-2000
Sioux, Washington Post, 1984
Moscow Times, 1996
New York Times, 2005
War Exhibit Press: Minuteman Chronicle (1991), Palm Beach Daily News (2003), Boca Raton Telegraph (2003), 1991-2003
Bosnia clippings, Washington Post, 1995
Mixed press for events, write-ups, shows, talks
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2008-246/10 Misc. Washington Post and Washington Post Metro, 1979-1996
Clinton campaign, Washington Post, 1992
Crane operators, Washington Post, 1989
Woodstock, Washington Post, 1994
Persian Gulf War, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, 1991
Washington Post Magazine, 1980, 1981
Washington Post Health Journal, 1985, 1986, 1992
Kosovo, Washington Post, 1999
Palabra Otra, 2001
Sports clips, Washington Post, 1984-1992
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2008-246/11 Daily Texan: images and fashion ads in advertising supplement, 1977-1979
Palabra Otra/Dario Xalapa feature, 2001
Houston Chronicle, Texas magazine, winning photograph, October 12, 1975
Misc. Washington Post articles, 1985-2005
Washington Post, including Woodstock, 1979-2006
Circus clips, Washington Post
Washington Post, Pope John Paul funeral, 2005
Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Washington Post and San Jose Mercury News, 2001-2005
Israeli Army, Washington Post, 1988
Gaza Strip, Washington Post, 1994
Russian elections, Washington Post, May 10-July 5, 1996
Liberty weekend, July 5, 1989, July 2, 1986
Moscow Times
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2008-246/12 Interfoto materials, including write-ups/press (Moscow Times, PDN), pamphlets, brochures, newsletters
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Artifacts Press passes, I.D.'s, passport

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