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Nicolette Bromberg

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Visual Materials Curator, Special...

Local Address:  Seattle , Washington , United States
University of Washington Libraries

Employment History


  • MA
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Following a showing of the book, ..., 19 May 2015 [cached]
Following a showing of the book, Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries remarked "It was a pleasure to hear your thoughts on how you experienced the buildings". That experience of 'The Spirit Within' is communicated visually in the images and accompanying text.
Nicolette Bromberg, head of ..., 29 Sept 2007 [cached]
Nicolette Bromberg, head of the photo collections at the University of Washington, will be the featured speaker.Bromberg will discuss the preservation of photos and demonstrate how to find clues to their age.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: At the Crossroads Neighborhood Church the Kitsap County Domestic Violence Task Force will be hosting their annual Summit.This year the Summit is focused on youth violence.Entitled "Who's Watching The Children?"
One person who knows Ogawa's photographs ..., 11 Dec 2015 [cached]
One person who knows Ogawa's photographs well is Nicolette Bromberg, the visual materials curator at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections. Bromberg has worked as a photographic historian and archivist for nearly thirty years. Before she was hired at the University of Washington in 2000, she was the visual materials curator at the Wisconsin Historical Society, as well as the photo archivist for the Kansas Collection at the University of Kansas. She has co-authored two books on Pacific Northwest history, including one about a group of Japanese immigrant photographers who founded a camera club during the 1920s and went on to earn national attention for documenting the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
One afternoon, I meet Bromberg in the main research room at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections. Bromberg appears every bit the archetypal historian and curator-a small woman in her sixties with curly grayish-brown hair and reading glasses-and has an almost giddy enthusiasm for helping visitors navigate the library's vast collection.
Bromberg has been fond of Ogawa ever since a colleague pointed her toward his work shortly after she first arrived at the University of Washington. She pulls up the photographs that have been digitized so far, and starts clicking through a collection of Ogawa's tavern photographs that have been uploaded to the UW Libraries Special Collection Web site.
"When he's in the bars, he's in there," Bromberg says in low tones, so as not to disturb other library visitors.
Bromberg smiles as she thinks about Elmer tucking into a local tavern, setting his bulky camera on the bar, and ordering a cold pint of Rainier Beer.
"Look at his photos," Bromberg excitedly exhales, as she continues to click through the images. "They are participating.
Bromberg pauses a moment before she clicks through more pictures. She lands on a series of self-portraits.
Bromberg continues to sift through Ogawa's work, landing on more self-portraits.
Bromberg has studied photographs for decades, and written books and articles about some of the most prominent photographers in the United States. But I had a sense that there was something about Ogawa's lack of artistic pedigree and abundance of DIY spirit that she appreciated in his work.
During my visit with Bromberg, I asked if any progress had been made to save his photographs. The only way she knows how to answer that question is to take me on a tour. Bromberg leads me away from the main research room and down a short and dimly lit hallway, where she swipes a key card and pushes open a heavy door to reveal a behind-the-scenes look at Special Collections-a room that appears to stretch out endlessly with islands of low desks piled high with archived boxes, binders, and computer terminals.
"There's probably more by now because they are going fast," Bromberg tells me as she begins to open boxes and hold negatives up to a bank of overhead lights to check their images. "Here's one of him in a bar, of course, holding a puppy," she says, peering into the translucent film. The damaged negatives are bubbled and curled, and Bromberg encourages me to smell some of them for that sour, potent signature whiff of vinegar that gives this type of deterioration its namesake "vinegar syndrome. The damage vinegar syndrome afflicts on film-cracking brittleness, buckling, shrinking, and bubbling-can't be undone, and leaves negatives looking like blistered scales.
Beyond the physical damage, there is a fair amount of organizational chaos. You might find a cache of Ogawa's negatives clearly labeled and in chronological order until, suddenly, they're not. "We have a lot of work to do," Bromberg explains. "We would need to go through the negatives and identify them. That's one reason Ogawa's work has been overlooked and ignored by Seattle historians-it's never really been accessible. "I've been working here twelve years and the problem with Elmer's photo collection was that you couldn't get to it because it had never been worked on," Bromberg adds.
Bromberg landed another grant for $20,000 to work on the photo collections of Ogawa and two other photographers.
"We will not put up all the photos because there are about twelve thousand and some are similar views of the same thing or completely unidentifiable," Bromberg explains. "Someday, we will get a finding aid done for the collection. The finding aid will describe all of the images in the collection, and have hyperlinks to all the photographs that are digitized. That is, if we get a grant or some funding to help get it done."
At the end of our meeting, Bromberg pauses to reflect on Ogawa.
Next Meeting is Wednesday March 26th at 6PM in the Waltz Building, we will be hosting a visit by Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator with UW Libraries, Special Collections. I met Nicolette while researching my book Early Snohomish, and asked her if she could advise us on the care and cataloguing of our photo collection. Nicolette accepted, and it has taken just about a year to arrange this visit.
Nicolette Bromberg, Visual ..., 6 Dec 2009 [cached]
Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator, Special Collections University of Washington Libraries will present a program on Viretta Chambers Denny, a descendant of the pioneer Thurston County Chambers Family who was an early woman photographer.
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