Issue No. 16
In one of our most special-feature efforts to date, we examine the Visual Dialogue Foundation — a group formed in San Francisco during the heady flower-children era of the late-sixties. Historian Darwin Marable traces the brief but brilliant orbit of this influential photography group.
A 24-page section — where works by each photographer are presented on individual double-page spreads — showcases images created during the late Sixties and early Seventies by 12 members of the Visual Dialogue Foundation, many of whom are prominent artists and educators today:Linda Conner, Judy Dater, Ed Douglas, Oliver Gagliani, Harvey Himelfarb, Timo Pajunen, Leland Rice, Charles Roitz, Steven Soltar, John Spence Weir, Jack Welpott and Don Worth.
Drawn into photography by the study of Ansel Adams’s Basic Photo Series, Anthony decided to document the urban parks of Queens, New York — discovering that a subject traditionally belonging to West Coast photography could be pursued in an East Coast city.
This Englishman’s initial study of sculpture translates into images of the human body that express exquisite three-dimensionality.
After a successful career as a commercial photographer, he is able to live out his love for the landscape of the West and Northeast, deriving particular pleasure from capturing the visual display of nature’s capricious character as created by the dramatic effects of mist rain and storm.
His evocative platinum prints, classically inspired, and brimming with mystery and meaning, reflect his cardinal rule: It’s not important what you see but how you see.
An avid collector for two decades, he quietly pursued his agenda as photographer but never showed the result — until now.
His muses are the faces of America, his “thing” the realities that most ignore.
At first, photography was a way to explore his inner self — now his images reach out to others who have the same longings.
Since he makes his living shooting stills for movies, it seems natural that he would be inspired by film noir in his personal work — classically lit still lifes that seethe with eerie strangeness.
A constant balancing act, her life revolves around motherhood, photography and teaching. Alone with the camera she reveals a passion for the vegetation of the South in intimate, luminous botanical studies.
Whether he photographs in Ireland, Mexico, or along the coast of Northern California, his eye never fails to find the unusual and graphically profound.