photo-eye’s Best Books of 2012


We’re pleased to report that our publication Instituting Reform: The Social Museum of Harvard University, 1903–1931 was chosen as one of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2012. Magazine contributors, artists, and curators and publishers of photography select the books on the list.

Juror Rebecca Senf, the Norton Family Curator of Photography at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Tucson and the Phoenix Art Museum had this to say about Instituting Reform:

“This book weaves the complex story of the more than 5000 photographs and illustrations of the early 20th century Social Museum at Harvard University. A series of essays explains the function and context of the photographs, which were meant to encourage the study of social and industrial progress, through the lens of Progressive era values. The massive book is beautifully designed, with clean and bold pages, colorful section dividers and many luscious reproductions including photographic images, as well as some shown with their printed and handwritten mounts or adhesive label captions.”

Take a peek at the book on the photo-eye website.