Dadi Wirz photographs relating to New Guinea, circa 1952-1955

Collection ID:
Wirz, Dadi
circa 1952-1955
Physical Description:
133 Prints
silver gelatin and color

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs relating to a trip that Dadi Wirz made with his father to New Guinea, 1952-1955. The photographs depict artifacts, including sculptures, masks, and paintings, as well as people and architecture. Additionally, there are some photographs of activities, including canoeing, construction, and painting.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Dadi Wirz, son of Swiss anthropologist Paul Wirz, was born in Switzerland in 1931. He spent much of his youth traveling with his father to Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Wirz was educated at the state school for applied and fine arts in Basel, Switzerland (1946-1950), apprenticed in photography with Schwitter S.A. photo engravers in Basel (1947-1950), and trained in Paris at Atelier 17 (1950-1952), and the Ecole du Louvre (1951). After his studies in Paris, Wirz joined his father on a research trip to New Guinea, where he documented their findings through photography and film making. During this time, Wirz developed a particular interest in the art from the Sepik area, a subject on which he has since lectured at museums and universities in the United States and Europe. Wirz taught photography and print making at Atelier 17, Ohio State University, Pratt Graphic Art Center, Rhode Island School of Design, and elsewhere.

Sarah Ganderup
Custodial History note
Donated by Dadi Wirz through S. Dillon Ripley and Eugene Knez, circa 1967.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 109

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
These photographs are under copyright and cannot be reproduced without permission from the photographer.
Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 109, Dadi Wirz photographs relating to New Guinea, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Museo delle Culture di Lugano also holds Dadi Wirz's negatives.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Architecture Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculpture Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, Maryland 20746