--Star Tribune, December 1996
Horace Bristol: An American View brings to light the work of an almost-forgotten master. Bristol was part of a 1930s San Francisco circle that included Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange, and worked at Life as one of its first staff photographers with Margret Bourke-White and Alfred Eisenstadt. He also was one of five photographers under the direction of Edward Steichen who documented World War II for the Navy. After returning to Japan to live after the war, Bristol, along with David Douglas Duncan, pioneered the move from German lenses to Nikon. Bristol's work almost was lost, however, when devastated by his wife's death from an overdose of sleeping pills in 1956, he burned all the negatives and photgraphs he had at his Japanese home and ended his career. Remnants of his work that remained were locked away in a trunk for almost 30 years. This monograph, 120 superb duotone images compiled by Debra Heimerdinger and Ken Conner represents the first major publication of Bristol's work covering all stages of his career. Especially notable are photographs Bristol took in California in the 1930s with John Steinbeck while the author was researching The Grapes of Wrath, and of servicemen during the war in the South Pacific.
Especially notable are photographs Bristol took in California in the 1930s with John Steinbeck while the author was researching The Grapes of Wrath. Star Tribune