Ernest Knee in New Mexico: Photographs, 1930s-1940s

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Ernest Knee (1907-1982) was a gifted photographer and Howard Hughes's personal photographer. He was the first cameraman to record Angel Falls. Montreal-born Knee first visited Santa Fe in 1931 and soon set up a darkroom on Camino del Monte Sol, joining the ranks of a flourishing art community. He became friends with many artists and photographers of his time, including Edward Weston, Gustave Baumann, Ansel Adams, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Laura Gilpin. Knee's landscape work remains a primary achievement in New ...

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Overview

Ernest Knee (1907-1982) was a gifted photographer and Howard Hughes's personal photographer. He was the first cameraman to record Angel Falls. Montreal-born Knee first visited Santa Fe in 1931 and soon set up a darkroom on Camino del Monte Sol, joining the ranks of a flourishing art community. He became friends with many artists and photographers of his time, including Edward Weston, Gustave Baumann, Ansel Adams, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Laura Gilpin. Knee's landscape work remains a primary achievement in New Mexico's photographic history. Dana Knee has restored and edited some five thousand large-format negatives, many never printed by the photographer in his lifetime, selecting over one hundred images for the first published retrospective of Knee's work.

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"I suddenly realized I loved the Southwest beyond anything else." This was photographer Ernest Knee's thought when he arrived in Santa Fe in 1931. Many great artists presumably held similar ideas as they began to move to New Mexico in the late 1800s; great artists still live there today. Both of these titles reflect very personal aspects of the artists' lives and their love of the Southwest. Knee (1907-82), a documentary photographer whose work appeared in Life and National Geographic magazines and who was aviator/film producer Howard Hughes's official photographer for a time, captured romantic images of Southwestern architecture, people, and landscapes. Despite the book's title, the photographs are not all taken in New Mexico but span the Southwest and Mexico. This monograph includes a 26-page essay outlining Knee's work and how he fit into New Mexico's art communities, followed by 81 plates of black-and-white photographs ranging from a 1937 image of the adobe church in Ranchos de Taos to a 1941 image of a lone sailboat in Lake Chapala, Mexico. New Mexico Artists at Work opens with a concise 16-page description of the history of art in New Mexico, beginning with the formation of art communities in the northern part of the state in the late 1800s. Making up the body of the work are 95 color and black-and-white photographs of 51 art studios belonging to such artists as Judy Chicago, Susan Rothenberg, Agnes Martin, and Bruce Nauman. Each set of images is accompanied by a description of the studio and its artist. While text can often be distracting in photography monographs, writer/artist Newmann's fascinating background information and photographer Parsons's beautiful images are artfully melded. Both of these titles are recommended for public and academic libraries in the Southwest, as well as large art collections anywhere else.-Valerie Nye, New Mexico State Lib., Santa Fe Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890134344
  • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Knee, the third son of Ernest Knee, is a classically trained musician who has divided his time between woodworking and photography for the last twenty years. He lives in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.

Robert A. Ewing is the director emeritus of the New Mexico Museum of Art.

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