At the Edge of Light: Thoughts on Photography & Photographs, Talent & Genius

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The New York Times
David Travis, curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, takes an inventive approach to artistic genius in At the Edge of the Light, a collection of essays culled from lectures over the past 20 years. — Sarah Shatz
Library Journal
Curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, Travis undertakes the difficult task of explaining why good photography is good. With seven essays taken from the author's own lectures, this book differs from previous attempts at this goal by making successful use of comparisons. In one chapter, Travis compares mathematical proofs with similar patterns of thought used in photography. In other parts of the book, he compares the work of photographers to that of poets, painters, and a Japanese tea master. The author also examines closely the subject matter and technical approaches that were used at different times in photographers' lives. For the knowledgeable reader, this book rises above other books on the subject that rely on narrow descriptions of selected pictures or merely fit photographers into art movements. It must be noted, however, that Travis's book is only suitable for readers already familiar with the photographers covered, among them Brassa , Andr Kert sz, Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Sheeler, and Paul Strand. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.-Eric Linderman, East Cleveland P.L., OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567922110
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 177
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Brassai: Anecdotes and Conversation 2
Andre Kertsz: The Gaiety of Genius 34
Curiosity and Conjecture: Mathematics, Photography, and the Imagination 51
The Plot Thickens Everything: Photography and the Need for Narrative 80
Imperfectly Unknown: Point Lobos, 1944: A Masterpiece by Edward Weston 96
A Mind Among the Clouds: Alfred Stieglitz's Equivalents Photographs 120
Paul Strand's Fall in Movement 146
Notes to the Text 163
Acknowledgements 173
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