Philadelphia-born Edward Quigley was a modernist photographer who became known in the 1930s for his pioneering experiments with light abstractions. During this period Quigley showed his work in many exhibitions and photographic salons. In 1932 his light abstractions were featured in a one-person show at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and two years later he took part in the First Salon of Pure Photography at the Adams-Danysh Galleries in San Francisco (juried by, among others, Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston). That same year Quigley had another one-person show, Designs with Light, at the Delphic Studios in New York and participated in an exhibition of modernist photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art that also included works by Margaret Bourke-White, Anton Bruehl, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Ralph Steiner, and Weston.
Although Quigley did not participate in many exhibitions after the 1930s, he continued his commercial work during the 1940s and early 1950s and also began writing technical articles for such journals as American Photography, The Camera, and Good Photography. [Cleveland Museum of Art]