Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971 / Edition 2

Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971 / Edition 2

by David Travis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226811670

ISBN-13: 9780226811673

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

One of Chicago's great cultural achievements, the Institute of Design was among the most important schools of photography in twentieth-century America. It began as an outpost of experimental Bauhaus education and was home to an astonishing group of influential teachers and students, including Lázló Moholy-Nagy, Harry Callahan, and Aaron Siskind. To

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One of Chicago's great cultural achievements, the Institute of Design was among the most important schools of photography in twentieth-century America. It began as an outpost of experimental Bauhaus education and was home to an astonishing group of influential teachers and students, including Lázló Moholy-Nagy, Harry Callahan, and Aaron Siskind. To date, however, the ID's enormous contributions to the art and practice of photography have gone largely unexplored. Taken by Design is the first publication to examine thoroughly this remarkable institution and its lasting impact.

With nearly 300 illustrations, including many never-before published photographs, Taken by Design examines the changing nature of photography over this critical period in America's midcentury. It starts by documenting the experimental nature of Moholy's Bauhaus approach and photography's new and enhanced role in training the "complete designer." Next it traces the formal and abstract camera experiments under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, which aimed at achieving a new kind of photographic subjectivity. Finally, it highlights the ID's focus on conscious references to the processes of the photographic medium itself. In addition to photographs by Moholy, Callahan, and Siskind, the book showcases works by Barbara Crane, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Joseph Jachna, Kenneth Josephson, Gyorgy Kepes, Nathan Lerner, Ray K. Metzker, Richard Nickel, Arthur Siegel, Art Sinsabaugh, and many others. Major essays from experts in the field, biographies, a chronology, and reprints of critical essays are also included, making Taken by Design an essential work for anyone interested in the history of American photography.

Contributors include:
Keith Davis, Lloyd Engelbrecht, John Grimes, Nathan Lyons, Hattula Moholy-Nagy, Elizabeth Siegel, David Travis, Larry Viskochil, James N. Wood

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226811673
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword James N. Wood

1 László Moholy-Nagy: An Appreciation
Hattula Moholy-Nagy

2 Educating the Eye: Photography and the
Founding Generation at the Institute of
Design, 1937-46 Lloyd C. Englebrecht

Plates, 1937-46

3 "To Open an Individual Way": Photography
at the Institute of Design, 1946-61
Keith R. Davis

Plates, 1946-61

4 Photography on Its Own: The ID in
the 1960s John Grimes

Plates, 1961-71

5 Big City, Small World: The Photography
Scene in Chicago, 1937-71
Larry Viskochil

6 Vision in Motion: Film and Photography at the Institute of Design
Elizabeth Siegel

7 Epilogue: After 1971 John Grimes

Notes

Biographies

Chronology

Catalogue

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Contributors

Photography Credits

Index

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