Issue No. 27
The Big Picture
When Edward Steichen’s epic photography exhibition, The Family of Man, opened in Oslo, the capital of Norway, in 1957, Leif Preus—then a hobbyist turned professional photographer and later the founder of a national chain of photo labs—hurried to see it. The show came to represent a turning point in his life, planting seeds that grew into a photography collection that in 1995 was purchased by the Norwegian state for seven million dollars. Our tour of the museum and a visit with its founder results in a 20-page article featuring a selection of 33 images from the collection.
Inspired by Surrealist photographers like Man Ray, Maurice Tabard, and Hans Bellmer, her photographs disseminate the mystery and atmosphere of dreams and fairy tales.“My images are about absence—the viewer supplies the contents,” she explains.
Anderson & Low
The two-man team based in London has made it an art form to photograph gymnasts and other athletes around the world.
This German-born photojournalist was a pioneer in the use of the 35mm camera in reportage, recording European society from the rise of Fascism to the aftermath of World War II. Our Spotlight feature focuses on some of his early work done in Paris and New York.
He developed an appreciation for tools in the course of his two decades as a woodworker. When a back injury forced him to give up his profession, he took up photography—the tools he had collected became the subjects of his lens.
Beginning his artistic career as an architect, he switched to photography—his exceptional images of cattle caught our eye.
Robert L. Jones
He looks at granaries as concrete cathedrals, shooting them while listening to classical music.
He looks for scenes that are loosely allegorical, turning reality inside out—like an Escher image that transcends visual realism.
His series of photographs from Tompkins Park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side exemplifies the work of this humanist photographer. ”The photographs form a plea for understanding, tolerance and compassion—they’re a mosaic that mirrors life,” he says.
In the tradition of Alfred Steiglitz and Minor White, he attempts to capture emotional resonances between the landscape and the state of mind of the artist, between the physical and the spiritual.
Born on the remote island of Spits-bergen, not far from the North Pole, he returns to this land of eternal ice for inspiration.