Big Picture: The Artistry of D'Arazien

Big Picture: The Artistry of D'Arazien

by Arthur D'Arazien
     
 
Arthur d'Arazien's particular talent was photographing American industry, recording with artistry, precision, and passion the powerful impact of giant machines, immense structures, and complex artifacts. His photographs are the result of meticulous planning and implementation on a grand scale. An experimenter and an innovator, d'Arazien pioneered such techniques as

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Arthur d'Arazien's particular talent was photographing American industry, recording with artistry, precision, and passion the powerful impact of giant machines, immense structures, and complex artifacts. His photographs are the result of meticulous planning and implementation on a grand scale. An experimenter and an innovator, d'Arazien pioneered 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. D'Arazien grew up in New York City, where he attended Cooper Union Institute. He became assistant to theatrical photographer George Lucas, from whom he learned the principles of lighting and stage craft that were later to become his specialty. During World War II he served as an instructor in aerial photography for the Army Air Corps, and there he learned to use magnesium flash powder to light huge exterior expanses. Following the war, d'Arazien began a distinguished career as an industrial photographer, making photographs for such clients as Alcoa, Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp., AT&T, Carrier Corp., Eastman Kodak, Ford, General Electric, General Motors, IBM, and US Steel. D'Arazien accompanies each image with a detailed explanation of the techniques he used to create the photo, discussing cameras, lenses, film, lighting, and logistics. Those interested in photography, the history of photography, or American industrial history will value this book.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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 Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873387514
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Pages:
107
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 10.48(h) x 0.63(d)

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