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Eliot Porter : the color of wildness
Rohrbach, John.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Aperture Foundation, Inc., [2001]

Physical Description:
149 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 35 cm
General Note:
Published in association with the Amon Carter Museum.
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TR654 .R67 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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"Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness" is the first in-depth retrospective of Porter's work. Over the course of his long career, Porter has photographed familiar landscapes, like the coast of Maine where he spent childhood summers, as well as well as strange, remote places like the Galapagos Islands. With the success of his Sierra Club publication "In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World, Selections and Photographs by Eliot Porter" (1962), Porter became an ambassador for environmental causes. His ecological interests led to a fascination with humanity's cultural roots. An essay by curator John Rohrbach addresses Porter's break with the classical techniques of the master Modernists Paul Strand and Ansel Adams. An essay by Porter's son Jonathan, who often accompanied his father on photographic expeditions, discusses Porter's lifelong love of the natural world, his working methods, and his interests outside of photography. Rebecca Solnit's essay positions Porter's work within the environmental movement and the political climate of the 1960s.
" Porter's images] ... are secure in the history of the medium and contribute to the highest standards and achievements of the art." --Ansel Adams

Author Notes

Rebecca Solnit writes extensively on photography and landscape. She is a contributing editor to Art Issues and Creative Camera and is the author of three books. She has contributed essays to several museum catalogues including Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach and the Whitney Museum's Beat Culture and the New America. She was a 1993 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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The classic images of Porter (1901-90) and to-the-point commentary on nature, photography, and the environment offer a retrospective look at his life and work. Three essays accompany the splendid photographs from his books, exhibitions, and travels. In "Envisioning the World in Color," Rohrbach traces Porter's early departure from the black-and-white norm of Adams, Stieglitz, and Strand to a critically acclaimed color aesthetic. He traces Porter's rapid rise as a world-renowned nature photographer at the forefront of an environmental awakening. In "Every Corner is Alive," Solnit calls Porter a radical pioneer in the use of color photography with a wonderful eye for the creative use of light. Porter forged an entire genre of nature photography, realizing that through a convergence of science and aesthetics, photography could have clear political ends as proven in the very successful book In Wildness is the Preservation of the World. In "A Memoir of My Father," Jonathan Porter remembers the private person always striving to perfect his large-format craft. A wonderful addition to photography; the picture quality is stellar, and the essays add substantially to the understanding of Eliot Porter the man, his work, and his legacy. All levels. W. A. McIntyre New Hampshire Community Technical College at Nashua