Landscape in Photographs

Landscape in Photographs

by Karen Hellman, Brett Abbott
     
 

Like painters and draftsmen before them, photographers turned to the landscape as a source of inspiration after the invention of the medium in 1839. Since then, changing artistic movements and technical advancements have provided opportunities for camera artists to approach the subject in diverse and imaginative ways, as illustrated by the wide range of works from

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Like painters and draftsmen before them, photographers turned to the landscape as a source of inspiration after the invention of the medium in 1839. Since then, changing artistic movements and technical advancements have provided opportunities for camera artists to approach the subject in diverse and imaginative ways, as illustrated by the wide range of works from the extensive collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Landscape in Photographs.

Until the nineteenth century, landscape was seen merely as a backdrop to a main subject, but with the rise of industrialization, natural settings became increasingly rare in urban life and, therefore, more valued and frequently represented. Plein air photographers recorded landscapes near and far, while Pictorialists, such as Edward Steichen and Imogen Cunningham, added emotional resonance to the scenery with their painterly style. During the twentieth century, the lenses of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Minor White discovered lines, shades, and textures, and the landscape became a creation of rich tones and graphic compositions. Artists such as Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind went further and cropped nature into purely abstract images.

Landscape in Photographs accompanies the exhibition In Focus: Picturing Landscape, on view at the Getty Center from May 22 through October 7, 2012.

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 "A rich trove of landscape photography from some of the most innovative photographers in the genre."—La Lettre de la Photographie

“[The book] provides a broad, cogent overview of landscape photography’s history at the nexus of shifting environmental concerns and technological developments.”—Art Libraries Society of North America

“Landscape photography has a rich and diverse history that reveals much about the development of the medium since its birth in 1839. The images in Landscape in Photographs represent these varied and imaginative styles, covering everything from the blurry but instrumental photographs of the 1840s to the abstract and thought-provoking output of the 1960s and 70s, and beyond.”—Outdoor Photography

“Like painters and draftsmen before them, photographers turned to the landscape as a source of inspiration after the invention of the medium in 1839. Since then, changing artistic movements and technical advancements have provided opportunities for camera artists to approach the subject in diverse and imaginative ways, as illustrated by the wide range of works from the extensive collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Landscape in Photographs.”—Eyes In

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606061039
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Edition description:
1
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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