in Tribal: the Magazine of Tribal Art 10 (4) / no. 41, Summer 2006
RGL call number: A W97
Excerpt from the article:
The name Gebauer is well known to people interested in the arts of Cameroon. Paul Gebauer (1900-1977) spent nearly thirty years in that country as a member of the North American Baptist Mission but also as a photographer, scholar, and collector ...
Paul's arrival in Cameroon in 1931 began a lifetime of study during which he recorded the diverse aspects of traditional African art and culture around him. He was mindful of the past in conjunction with his own religious agenda and rather than try to obliterate the powerful artistic traditions that surrounded him, he south to understand and preserve them ...
Paul was a gifted photographer and his legacy is significant. The images reveal his interests, perceptions, and experiences, and provide a snapshot of the diverse communities he and his family lived in ... After Paul's death in 1977, most of his photographs were bequested to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Photograph Study Collection in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas ...
Tribal: the Magazine of Tribal Art is available online via WATSONLINE (2002-present)*
In the Goldwater Library:
Art of Cameroon : with a catalog of the Gebauer collection of Cameroon art at the Portland Art Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art / by Paul Gebauer. Portland, Ore. : The Portland Art Museum, in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979. RGL call number: O5P G29
Art of the Cameroon : an exhibition of historic photographs with objects from New York museums and private collections, February 22-May 24, 1980, The African-American Institute. New York, N.Y. : African-American Institute, . RGL call number: O2 N483arto
*N.B.: However, this particular issue is not yet available online.
Pictured above: Elephant masks, Cameroon. Photo by Paul Gebauer, 1930s [source]
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As of 8/4/06, the Summer 2006 issue of Tribal: the Magazine of Tribal Art is now available online!