Issue No. 18
In conjunction with the exhibition Taken By Design—on view this spring in Chicago—Leland Rice looks at the origins of photographic education at America’s Bauhaus, where László Moholy-Nagy, Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind influenced a generation of photographers—a contribution that, despite its tremendous significance, has until now been largely unexplored.
The Big Picture
Richard Pitnick profiles Clyde Butcher, who has often been called “Ansel Adams of the Everglades,” and for good reason—in so many ways, Butcher resembles the artist who provided his early inspiration: the uncanny eye for natural beauty, the impeccable technical execution, and the tireless focus on a threatened wilderness. Butcher’s life story makes for fascinating reading, filled with ups and downs, but in the end stands out as an inspiration to others, evidence that hard work, true passion and honest entrepreneurship can bring artistic and financial success.
Shelby Lee Adams
For almost three decades, he has returned year after year to photograph the people of eastern Kentucky, making portraits that offer a powerfully frank and warmly personal vision of a vanishing world—a world he celebrates and mourns with an abiding love.
Her images are filled with symbols of Latin magic: skulls, birds, clouds, the eternal woman—sublime illustrations for Rulfo’s 1955 novel, Pedro Paramo.
He became “picture savvy” from watching John Ford films at his childhood matinees. Later, as an established commercial photo-grapher with a predominantly color portfolio, he gave up his career for a return to his first love—black and white. His landscapes reveal an exceptionally well-developed eye for composition.
After first shooting landscapes, she discovered her own image—now she uses herself as a model exclusively, documenting the shifting moods and situations of her private world.
Combining two passions—diving and photography—he goes under water in an unlikely search for his “dream picture.”
He shows a preference for pure forms pushed to abstraction in his explorations of “mute relics left behind by man.”
She captures the “ghosts” of the past in the grandeur of classic old train stations.
His work has taken him to Africa, the Caribbean, South America—he is presently in the Sultanate of Oman. Always carrying a camera, he focuses on the essence of the human condition as seen in a face, a hand….
Like an absinthe-induced reverie, his erotically charged photographs delve deep into the human psyche to explore the extreme emotional states of lust and exaltation, sin and redemption.
He began photographing jumbo jets landing and taking off 10 years ago. Seen today, the graphic beauty of his images is mixed with chilling drama.