|Dates: ||1868, 24 April - 1933, 27 December|
|Born: ||US, PA, Philadelphia|
|Died: ||US, ?,Montclair|
Approved biography for Dallett Fuguet
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)
Dallett Fuguet was born on April 24, 1868, in Philadelphia, where he later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. For the rest of his life he was able to live modestly off family investments. In 1897, he married and moved to New York.
Fuguet had begun taking snapshots in 1885, but got serious about photography in 1899, when he joined the Camera Club of New York. He immediately became a member of the club’s publications committee, working with Alfred Stieglitz on its exquisite journal Camera Notes. Over the next three years, he proofed the work of other authors and contributed six of his own poems and over a dozen short essays, articles, and exhibition reviews. In 1902, when Stieglitz left the magazine over editorial differences with the camera club, Fuguet also quit both his editorial position and the club, to show solidarity.
That same year, Stieglitz announced the formation of his elite group, the Photo-Secession, with an exhibition at the National Arts Club (New York), which included one picture by Fuguet. Fuguet became a founding member and fellow, but did not exhibit in any of its other exhibitions. He did, however, become involved with the Secession’s official organ, Camera Work, where he was an associate editor throughout its life (1903-1917). From his new home in Montclair, New Jersey, he contributed about twenty pieces—another mixture of verse and prose. Most of these appeared in the magazine’s first five years, when he would proof copy even while summering in Connecticut and the Adirondacks. Later, he experienced eye problems that caused him to curtail his editorial responsibilities, and his last piece was a 1915 tribute to Stieglitz’s gallery 291.
Fuguet’s writings also appeared elsewhere, such as in Lippincott’s Magazine, which in May 1901 ran a poem by him. His photographic articles were printed in the American Annual of Photography in 1889 and 1893, and the monthly Photographic Times in 1900 and 1901.
In contrast to his visibility as a writer, he was less active as a pictorial photographer. He producedprimarily landscapes, which were occasionally reproduced in the photographic press, such as Photograms of the Year 1899 and the American Annual of Photography 1902. The last issue of Camera Notes that he worked on (July 1902) featured a photogravure of his image The Street, probably his best known piece. Previous to the 1902 Photo-Secession exhibition, Fuguet’s photographs were included in the annual members’ shows of the Camera Club of New York in 1900 and 1901 and in 1900 at the First Chicago Photographic Salon and the Third Philadelphia Photographic Salon.
Fuguet’s wife passed away in 1923, prompting him to move into a hotel. He eventually remarried, but died suddenly of an embolus in his leg, on December 27, 1933, in Montclair.
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012)
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Date last updated: 1 June 2013.
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