As one of the greatest women photographers of the century, Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) photographed nature with a celebratory spirit while retaining a firm dedication to photographic technique. Her childhood fascination with the beauty and complexities of nature led her to photograph all kinds of plant life, from simple flower arrangements to elaborate compositions of exotic ferns and lilies. This collection of black-and-white botanical images spans 55 years of work and development. The images are accompanied by a biocritical essay by Richard Lorenz, noted photography curator and writer, placing Cunningham's work in the context of her contemporaries and colleagues: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Johan Hagemeyer and many other premiere photographers of the botanical world. To complete the celebration of the plant world, the book includes technical notes on illustrated plant species, a chronology and a selected bibliography.
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Richard Lorenz is one of the foremost experts on Imogen Cunningham as well as the author of three previous books and eight exhibition catalogues on her work.From Publishers Weekly:
As seen in this stirring monograph, prepared for a photo exhibit in San Francisco, Cunningham glorifies the form, order and variety of nature's floral aspect with superbly controlled gradations of light, shadow and substance. This pioneering and eclectic California photographer, active from the century's beginning to the '70s, "isolat[ed] her subject;... minimized the background, expanded scale with close-up scrutiny, and formalized presentation" for her floral studies, writes curator-critic Lorenz in a broad-based and sometimes flowery text accompanying 161 photos. Though attuned to pure nature for most of her career, Cunningham was also a "sophisticated aesthete" who "often delighted in upsetting common values"--a startling example being her double-image portrait of the artist Morris Graves, who is "psychically incorporated" into a forested landscape. Through extensive resort to contrasts and affinities vis-a-vis Cunningham's contemporaries--Weston, Adams, Stieglitz et al.--the author encompasses a seminal era in artistic photography, with Cunningham, about whom he has written three other books, as the star.
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Descripción Bulfinch, 2001. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0821227319
Descripción Bulfinch, 2001. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110821227319