Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision

Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision

by Barbara Crane
     
 

Barbara Crane’s subjects are commonplace: a piece of driftwood, a cluster of wild mushrooms, a crowd of commuters rushing for the train. The resulting photographs, however, are far from ordinary. They are imaginative, peculiar, jarring, and, like their creator, defy easy explanation.

 For more than sixty years, Crane has forged her own path as a

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Barbara Crane’s subjects are commonplace: a piece of driftwood, a cluster of wild mushrooms, a crowd of commuters rushing for the train. The resulting photographs, however, are far from ordinary. They are imaginative, peculiar, jarring, and, like their creator, defy easy explanation.

 For more than sixty years, Crane has forged her own path as a photographer. Lacking a darkroom, she began using Polaroid materials. Lacking suitable models, she paid her children to pose. Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision celebrates this Chicagoan’s wide-ranging art with a gorgeous collection of more than 250 color and black and white photographs.

“Once I developed my first role of film in 1948,” Crane notes, “nothing else mattered.” Spanning the breadth of her career, from early studies of the human form to long narrow landscapes evoking Asian scrolls; from silver gelatin and platinum prints to present-day digital works, it is by far the largest and most definitive overview of her work to date. Replete with a critical analysis by John Rohrbach and a biographical essay by Abigail Foerstner, it will delight and challenge anyone interested in contemporary photography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780938903420
Publisher:
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

Meet the Author

Abigail Foerstner teaches science and environmental journalism at Northwestern University. She is the author of Picturing Utopia: Bertha Shambaugh and the Amana Photographers and James Van Allen: The First Eight Billion Miles.

John Rohrbach is Senior Curator of Photographs at the Amon Center Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke and Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness

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