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Hans Namuth: Portraits free pdf During the summer and early fall of 1950, as Jackson Pollock moved about the huge canvases on the floor of his Long Island studio, defining their surfaces with dripped and thrown paint, a young photographer named Hans Namuth documented the artist at work. The best of his nearly five hundred photographs, first published in "Portfolio" and "Arts News" magazines, enhanced public understanding of Pollock's paintings and began for Namuth a 40-year career of photographing America's leading painters, sculptors, writers, musicians and architects. Accompanied by a biographical essay by Carolyn Kinder Carr, this collection of 75 of Hans Namuth's photographic portraits, taken between 1950 and 1989, shows how his friendships with his often reclusive subjects and his determination to capture the essence of each artist's style resulted in revealing portraits of such notable painters as Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Andrew Wyeth, Helen Frankenthaler and Andy Warhol. Although Namuth identified most closely with the Abstract Expressionists who became famous in the 1950s and early 1960s, his repertoire included a new generation of 1980s artists, among them Julian Schnabel and David Salle. In both his black-and-white and colour photographs, Namuth used subtle but telling poses, settings and details: John Steinbeck appears with his famous dog Charley- Philip Johnson stands jauntily on a staircase in the Museum of Modern Art beside a painting that he donated- Louise Nevelson wears jewellery that echoes the sweeping line of her wood sculpture. Carr sets the stage for Namuth's photographic career in America by describing his youth in pre-war Germany, his early work as a documentary photographer in Paris and Spain, his immigration to New York in 1941, and his wartime intelligence work for the United States Army. Returning to professional photography in 1949, he soon concentrated his efforts on photo-portraiture. While Namuth saw himself as an artist photographing other artists in their private worlds, his iconic portraits evoke the rich texture of American cultural achievement in the second half of the 20th century.

About C.K. Carr

Carolyn Kinder Carr is the deputy director of the National Portrait Gallery and the author of Gaston Lachaise: Portrait Sculpture (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985).

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Author : C.K. Carr
Publisher : Smithsonian Books
Data Published : 28 March 1999
ISBN : 1560988096
EAN : 9781560988090
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 184 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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