Issue No. 21
The Big Picture
In accordance with our editorial commitment to present to our readers and viewers works by photographers who, for one reason or another, have become lost in the fog of history, we feature Eleanor Parke Custis in this issue’s Big Picture. Often called the First Lady of Pictorial Photography, Parke Custis is said to have participated in more than 880 exhibitions in the course of a career lasting from 1934 to 1983. In his exposé, Richard Newby discusses some of the reasons behind her obscurity.
ABC of Collecting
In Part 3 of our article series on collecting, Richard Pitnick talks with dealers, gallery owners and collectors about the various avenues for buying fine art photography: direct from the artist, through galleries and private dealers, via the Internet and at auction. Which way suits you best? Which avenue offers the best deals?
A student of Beaumont Newhall, Ralph Hattersley and Minor White, he found his own artistic expression in creating unique images that to the casual viewer seem completely abstract but ultimately reveal a rich imaginary world — a world perceived, a world unseen.
At seven he helped his father develop film in the family bathtub. Still in college, he hitchhiked across the U.S. to see Stieglitz. Now, at 79, he shows some of his most important images.
After studies with Ansel Adams and William Garnett in San Francisco, he moved to Israel in 1976, opening a gallery and pursuing his own photography. We feature images from his recent book, Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land, a collection of nocturnal scenes from the Holy Land.
Over a seven-year period, he criss-crossed the U.S. on a voyage of rediscovery, capturing not so much the present as vestiges of a disappearing world — the America he was born into in 1954.
Blending the natural world with the man-made in mysterious images that defy immediate interpretation, at 31 he’s one of photography’s fastest-rising stars.
Once a commercial photographer, he now focuses on the poetic charms of his native New Orleans.
He searches for moments missed by most — often finding them when he stops looking.
Born in Arizona, he moved to Norway after studies at the Art Center in Los Angeles, starting a career in film and photojournalism that straddles the Atlantic and spans 40 years.
During his three decades as a Life photographer, he has covered everything from presidents to frog-jumping contests; baseball to big-game hunting in Africa; Woodstock to Olympic Games (six of them); celebrities to the poor in Appalchia.
A native of Chicago, he finds the subjects for his camera in that city — we show you a series of exquisitely composed park scenes.