Landscape in PhotographsBook - 2012
Like painters and draftsmen before them, photographers turned to the landscape as a source of inspiration after the invention of the medium in 1839. Since then, changing artistic movements and technical advancements have provided opportunities for camera artists to approach the subject in diverse and imaginative ways, as illustrated by the wide range of works from the extensive collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum inLandscape in Photographs.
Until the nineteenth century, landscape was seen merely as a backdrop to a main subject, but with the rise of industrialization, natural settings became increasingly rare in urban life and, therefore, more valued and frequently represented. Plein air photographers recorded landscapes near and far, while Pictorialists, such as Edward Steichen and Imogen Cunningham, added emotional resonance to the scenery with their painterly style. During the twentieth century, the lenses of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Minor White discovered lines, shades, and textures, and the landscape became a creation of rich tones and graphic compositions. Artists such as Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind went further and cropped nature into purely abstract images.
Landscape in Photographs accompanies the exhibition In Focus: Picturing Landscape,on view at the Getty Center from May 22 through October 7, 2012.
A companion to the summer 2012 exhibition In Focus: Picturing Landscape at the J. Paul Getty Museum, this book documents in full color reproduction the selection of more than 70 landscape photographs included in the show. In this eclectic and diverse set ranging from the painterly to the abstract, well known landscape photographers are represented as well as artists not typically known for this type of work. Each entry is given a thoughtful short essay describing the context of the photograph in terms of the artist's other work and their life. Applicable historical and cultural notes provide a sense of how artists respond differently to nature. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)