The Window in Photographs, Karen Hellman, NEW BOOK
Hardcover with dust jacket
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This publication is issued on the occasion of the exhibition 'At the Window: The Photographer's View', on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, from October 1, 2013, to January 5, 2014.
Photographers have been irresistibly drawn to the window as a powerful source of inspiration throughout the history of the medium. "At the window" was, in many respects, where photography began. As one of the first camera subjects, the window is literally and figuratively linked to the photographic process itself. It is also linked in a more symbolic way to the mechanics of photography: it is the "opening," or the "viewfinder," through which images are seen and recorded in the camera, like the "opening" in the wall of its ancestor, the camera obscura. As such, a photograph of a window is a "view of a view." By bringing together key works, arranged thematically rather than chronologically and presenting pairings within broader stylistic movements, this book examines the motif of the window as a symbol of photographic vision.
The Window in Photographs includes eighty color images spanning the history of photography and all drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum's permanent collection. The window is presented in a wide range of contexts, from one of the earliest photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron's 1864 allegorical use of the motif, to works by members of the Photo-Secession, including Gertrude Käsebier and Fred Holland Day. The documentary thread of the street photographer can be followed from Eugène Atget's record of the old quartiers of Paris to later twentieth-century photographs by Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, and William Eggleston. Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand chose to utilize the theme of the window for its more graphic possibilities. More recently, Gregory Crewdson and Shizuka Yokomizo have explored conceptual aspects of the window to investigate themes of voyeurism and invented narrative, while Uta Barth and Yuki Onodera have created more abstract visions.
The Window in Photographs, Karen Hellman, new book
Published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles / Getty Publications, 2013, hardcover with dust jacket, 19,1 x 22,5 x 1,3 cm, 112 pages
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