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Gary Saretzky (195?-)

Gary D. Saretzky, archivist, photographer, and educator, has lived in New Jersey since 1969. Saretzky serves as Archivist of Monmouth County, New Jersey, and Coordinator of the Public History Internship Program for the Rutgers University-New Brunswick History Department. Formerly, he was the archivist of Educational Testing Service for twenty-three years.

Saretzky earned bachelors and masters degrees in History and American History, respectively, from the University of Wisconsin. Turning to the field of photography after graduate school, he studied photography with, among others, William Barksdale, Peter Bunnell, Charles Harbutt, Duane Michals, Eva Rubenstein, and Frederick Sommer, and earned a second bachelors degree, in Photography, from Thomas Edison College. In addition to solo exhibitions, most recently at Ellarslie (The City Museum of Trenton), his photographs have been included in many group shows, including "New Jersey Photographers" at Rutgers and several exhibitions at the New Jersey State Museum. He has taught photography at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey) and Mercer County Community College, where he has presented the history of photography course since 1977. Among photographic business activities, Saretzky works independently as a custom black-and-white printer and as a consultant and workshop instructor in the field of photographic conservation. He also has an Internet-based out-of-print photography book store at http://www.go.to/saretzky.

Saretzky is the author of more than one hundred articles and book reviews in the fields of photographic history, photographic conservation, archival science and non-photo-related topics. His series of articles on documentary photographers Edwin and Louise Rosskam in The Photo Review was the recipient of the Arline Custer Memorial Award from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference for the best journal article based on primary sources for the year 2001. Among other research and writing projects, Saretzky is the biographer of Pictorialist photographer Elias Goldensky. He has completed a database of 19th century Philadelphia photographers (the data has been published by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission) and is currently compiling a directory of approximately 3,000 19th century New Jersey photographers.

Contact: Gary Saretzky, 732-308-3772 or saretzky@rci.rutgers.edu

In the Photography Criticism CyberArchive:

  • "The Plow That Broke the Plains: Art, Politics & the Resettlement Administration" (2000)
  • "Margaret Bourke-White: Eyes on Russia" (1999)

A Gary Saretzky Bibliography



"She Worked Her Head Off: Edwin and Louise Rosskam & the Golden Age of Documentary Photography Books," The Photo Review, 23:2 (Summer 2000), 2-10, 51. [Published January 2001.] [With the following article, winner of the 2001 Arline Custer Award.

"Documenting Diversity: Edwin Rosskam & the Photo Book, 1940-1941," The Photo Review, 23:4 (Fall 2000), 10-16, 25. [Published April 2001.]

"Bliss on the Old Miss: The Rosskams and Towboat River," The Photo Review, 24:1 & 2 (Winter/Spring 2001), 6-16, 33-34. [Published October 2001]

"In Passing: Sol Libsohn," The Photograph Collector, 22:2 (February15, 2001), 12-13.


"The Plow That Broke the Plains: Art, Politics & the Resettlement Administration," The Photo Review, 23: 1 (Winter 2000), 7-12.


"Margaret Bourke-White: Eyes on Russia," The Photo Review, 22:3&4 (Summer & Fall 1999), 2-16.


"Elias Goldensky: Wizard of Photography," Pennsylvania History, 64:2 (Spring 1997), 206-272.


"Portrait: An Early Twentieth Century Journal for Portrait Photographers," History of Photography, 20:3(1996), 278. [Supplemented by index at Saretzky Online, http://www.go.to/saretzky


"A Note Concerning RC Black-and-White Papers," Views (Newsletter of the Visual Materials Section, Society of American Archivists), 6:1, December 1991. Also published in Conservation Administration News, 48, January 1992, 16.


"Three Papers on Photographic Conservation," Conservation Administration News, 38, July 1989, 1-2. [Guest Editor.]


"Photographic Conservation," three-part article in Conservation Administration News: No. 33, April 1988, 4-5; No. 34, July 1988, 4, 9; No. 35, October 1988, 4-5.


"Recent Photographic Conservation and Preservation Literature," Picturescope, 32:4 (Winter 1987), 117- 132.

Meeting Report: "AIC Photographic Materials Group," Conservation Administration News, No. 30, July 1987.


"The Effects of Electrostatic Copying on Modern Photographs," in The Book and Paper Group Annual, Volume Four, edited by Jeffrey Abt. American Institute for Conservation, Washington, D.C., 1986. Reprinted in Picturescope, 32:2 (Spring 1986), 64-65.

"Conservation of Photographs," Conservation Administration News, No. 24, January 1986.


"Additional Research on the Effects of Electrostatic Copying on Photographs," Conservation Administration News, No. 23, October 1985.

"Meeting Report: AIC/PMG," Conservation Administration News, No.23, October 1985. (With Rick Mitchell)

"In Pursuit of the Permanent Print: Recent Developments in Archival Processing," Industrial Photography, 34:4, April 1985. Reprinted with corrections in Cable Release, 24:5 (January 1986), 5-6.

"Bibliographies and Databases for Research on the Preservation of Aural and Graphic Records," Picturescope, 31:4, Winter 1985.

1984 "Photo Conservation Research," AIC Newsletter, 9:3, May 1984. (With Rick Mitchell)

"AIC-PMG Winter Meeting," Conservation Administration News, No. 18,July 1984. (With Rick Mitchell)

"Research on the Effects of Electrostatic Copying on Photographs," Conservation Administration News, No. 19, October 1984.


"Photographic Materials Specialty Group at AIC Meetings," Conservation Administration News, No. 14, July 1983.

"New Films Presented," Conservation Administration News, No. 14, July 1983.

Book Reviews


"Review of Seizing the Light: A History of Photography," by Robert Hirsch. Views: The Newsletter fo the Visual Materials Section of the Society of American Archivists, 14:2 (April 2000), 6-7.


"Review of A Guide to Print, Photograph, Architecture & Ephemera Collections at the New-York Historical Society," by Helena Zinkham. Mid-Atlantic Archivist, 28:3 (Summer 1999), 18.


"Review of Pennsylvania History, Vol. 64, No. 2 (Spring 1997). Special Issue: History of Photography in Pennsylvania," published on City Gallery web page (www.city-gallery.com).

"Review of Double Exposure Two: Stereographic Views of the Jersey Shore (1859 to 1910) and Their Relationship to Pioneer Photography," by George H. Moss, Jr., published on City Gallery web page (www.city-gallery.com).

"Review of Making Albums for Photos and Paper Collectibles," by Richard W. Horton. Abbey Newsletter, 21:8 (1998), 126.

"Review of Witch of Kodakery [monograph on Myra Wiggins]," by Carole Glauber. History of Photography, 22:3 (Autumn 1998), 302-303.

"Review of Storage Guide for Color Photographic Materials: Caring for Color Slides, Prints, Negatives, and Movie Films by James M. Reilly," Abbey Newsletter, 22:2 (1998), 28-29.


"Review of Guide to Photographic Collections at the Smithsonian Institution, Volume IV: National Air and Space Museum," by Joan Redding and Diane Vogt-O'Connor. History of Photography, 21:4 (Winter 1997), 335-336.

"Review of Standards in the Museum Care of Photographic Collections," by Crispin Paine, ed. Abbey Newsletter, 21:1 (May 1997), 5-6.

"Review of Craig's Daguerreian Registry, Vols. 1-3," by John Craig. Mid- Atlantic Archivist, 26:2 (Spring 1997), 8-9.


"Review of An Ounce of Prevention: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs," by Craig A. Tuttle. Abbey Newsletter, 20:6 (November 1996), 82.

"Review of PACSCL Photograph Directory: Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware," compiled by George D. Brightbill and Colleen Byrne. Mid-Atlantic Archivist, 25:2 (Spring 1996), 14. [Contains confusing typographical errors; errata notice in 25:3 (Summer 1996), 14.]

"Review of Index to American Photographic Collections, Third Enlarged Edition," by Andrew Eskind. History of Photography, 20:4 (Winter 1996), 370.

"Review of Research Techniques in Photographic Conservation:Proceedings of the Conference in Copenhagen, 14-19 May 1995," edited by M.S. Koch, et al. Abbey Newsletter, 20:3 (August 1996), 32-33.


"Review of Mechanisms of Image Deterioration in Early Photographs:The Sensitivity to Light of W.H.F. Talbot's Halide-Fixed Images 1834-1844," by Michael Ware. Conservation Administration News, No. 61, April 1995, 16-17.


"Review of Philadelphia Photographers, 1840-1940," by William and Marie Brey. History of Photography, 18:1 (Spring 1994), 107.

"Review of The Imperfect Image; Photographs, Their Past, Present and Future. Conference Proceedings. Papers Presented at the Centre for Photographic Conservation's First International Conference at the Low Wood Conference Centre, Windermere 6th-10th April 1992." Conservation Administration News, No. 56, January 1994, 30-31. Abstracted in Journal of Academic Librarianship, 20:2 (May 1994), 118.

"Review of The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Color Negatives, Slides, and Motion Pictures," by Henry Wilhelm with Carol Brower. Conservation Administration News, No. 56, January 1994, 32-33.


"Review of IPI Storage Guide for Acetate Film," by James M. Reilly. Conservation Administration News, No. 55, October 1993, 22-23. Abstracted in Journal of Academic Librarianship, 19:6 (January 1994), 22.

"Review of Topics in Photograph Preservation, Volume 5," compiled by Robin E. Siegel. Conservation Administration News, No. 55, October 1993, 23.

"Review of Guide to Photographic Collections at the Smithsonian Institution, Volume III," by Diane Vogt O'Connor. Conservation Administration News, No. 53, April 1993, 27-28.

"Review of Fundamentals of Photograph Conservation: A Study Guide," by Klaus B. Hendriks, with Brian Thurgood, Joe Iraci, Brian Lesser, and Greg Hill. Conservation Administration News, No. 52, January 1993, 23-24.

"Review of Care, Handling and Storage of Photographs," by Mark Roosa. Conservation Administration News, No. 52, January 1993, 25.


"Review of The Daguerreotype: Nineteenth-Century Technology and Modern Science," by M. Susan Barger and William B. White, Conservation Administration News, No. 50, July 1992, 20. Reprinted in NJLA Preservation Section Newsletter, 9:1, 1992, 6-8; in History of Photography, 16:4, Winter 1992, 409; and in American Archivist, 55:2, Spring 1992 [issued February 1993], 380-381

"Review of Guide to Photographic Collections at the SmithsonianInstitution," Vols. I and II, by Diane Vogt O'Connor, Conservation Administration News, No. 49, April 1992, 21.

"Review of Photograph Preservation and the Research Library,"edited by Jennifer Porro, Conservation Administration News, No. 49, April 1992, 21-22.

"Review of Topics in Photographic Preservation," Volume 4, edited by Robin Siegel, Conservation Administration News, No. 48, January 1992, 24.

1991 "Review of Nineteenth-Century Photography, An Annotated Bibliography, 1839-1879," edited by William S. Johnson, Conservation Administration News, No. 44, January 1991, 18. Variant published in History of Photography, 15:3, Autumn 1991, 249-250.

"Review of Index to American Photographic Collections," second enlarged edition, edited by Andrew H. Eskind and Greg Drake, Conservation Administration News, No. 45, April 1991, 26.

"Review of The Life of a Photograph," by Lawrence E. Keefe, Jr., and Dennis Inch, Conservation Administration News, No. 44, January 1991, 18-19.


"Review of The Stability and Preservation of Recorded Images," by Klaus B. Hendriks. [Reprinted from Imaging Processes and Materials, Neblette's Eighth Edition, edited by John Sturge, Vivian Walworth, and Allan Shepp.] Conservation Administration News, No. 42, July 1990, 27.

1989 "Review of Conservation of Photographic Materials: A Basic Reading List," by Klaus B. Hendriks, Conservation Administration News, No. 37, April 1989.


"Review of Care and Identification of 19th Century Photographic Prints," by James Reilly, Conservation Administration News, No. 28, January 1987.

"Review of Topics in Photographic Preservation, 1986," Volume I, Conservation Administration News, No. 31, October 1987.

(Photo Credit: Portrait of Gary Saretsky by Kathlinda Saretzky. © Copyright Kathlinda Saretzky 2002. All rights reserved.)

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