Jul 22, 2017

The David W. Sumner Photography Library

Some of Dave's photo book collection.
Friends and family of David W. Sumner knew about his library of photography monographs, and his keen interest in the history of photography, as well as the personalities in the field. He knew some of the photographers personally and went out of his way to meet and talk to the authors of books that interested him. After Dave's death, more than one person told me, "This is a valuable, well-curated collection of photography books - it should stay together." But how? And where? It's been nagging at me for months.

Finally, the perfect solution was conjured by a good friend, and photographer, who handled the whole thing while I've been out of town. The books went to a local photojournalism student (a Reno resident, attending UNR.) I was told that he is also a B&W film fan. The young man's mother purchased the collection as a gift for her son. They both came to the house and spent 40 minutes looking through the books with some familiarity, much interest, and enthusiasm. From what I heard about the encounter, Dave would have approved.