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Big picture : the artistry of d'Arazien
D'Arazien, Arthur.
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Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, [2002]

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xx, 107 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
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This visually stunning retrospective gathers highlights of d'Arazien's unparalleled photogenic accomplishments.Arthur d'Arazien's particular talent was to photograph American industry. He recorded with artistry, precision, and passion the powerful, emotional impact of giant machines, immense structures, and complex artifacts. His photographs are the result of meticulous planning and implementation on a grand scale. He was an experimenter and an innovator, pioneering such techniques as multiple exposures on a single sheet of film; lights in motion in the dark; and the use of reflectors, flash powder, and strobe lights to illuminate huge interior and exterior spaces. He experimented with films, cameras, lenses, focus, exposure, filters, and lighting to achieve just the right effects.

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Arthur d'Arazien's achievements place him among the greatest industrial photographers in the world. He has traveled widely for his clients, which include the most prominent names in American industry. His work has been lauded internationally, and he has won art director's awards in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, and Pittsburgh. D'Arazien comes from a family of artists and is an accomplished painter and metal sculptor as well as photographer. His works are part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution

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D'Arazien was a successful commercial photographer during the years of America's postwar economic expansion. Allying himself with corporate giants like Ford, General Electric, and International Paper gave him ample resources for his specialty, which an uncharitable eye might see as mere annual report covers. However, in the six decades of work presented in this first book of his oeuvre one finds some striking images that gradually emerge from the mix to reveal a graphical sensibility that is almost Steichenlike. Such highlights as d'Arazien's aerial view of a tiny painter rolling a brown coat onto a petroleum tank argue the point that giving free rein to creative flights of abstraction in corporate brochures can be a vital means of injecting ordinary photographs with a taste of the sublime. During a wartime stint as an army photographer, d'Arazien learned how to illuminate large spaces, a skill he reveals in the mill interiors and urban twilight scenes shown here. Each photo is accompanied by d'Arazien's own avuncular captions. A record of the boom years in commercial photography and in the industrial technology it documented, this book is recommended for libraries with large art and photography collections.-Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

David Haberstich
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
The Photographsp. 1