Modernist Photography: Selections from the Daniel Cowin

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By Vanessa Rocco and Christopher Phillips

Modernist Photography re-examines the classic period of twentieth-century photography using new critical approaches to consider five recurrent visual themes during the years 1915 to 1945. These themes cut across such stylistic movements as Pictorialism, Surrealism and the New Vision, and include the transformation of objects, experimental images of the body, visions of the city, the industrialization of the countryside and experimental directions in poster design and typography. This thematic approach fosters new perspectives on such key photographers as Bernice Abbott, Brassaï, Walker Evans, Raoul Hausmann, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks and Man Ray and emphasizes the interactions between European and American practitioners. The catalogue will include chapters on each of the five themes by ICP Curators Christopher Phillips and Vanessa Rocco. It is based on a selection of 70 works from the Daniel Cowin Collection. The collection of about 1,600 images dates from 1860 to 1960 and includes a range of processes and formats--postcards, stereographs, carte-de-vistes, tintypes, albumen prints and gelatin silver prints.


• Hardcover; English; 112 pages

• Publisher: Steidl/ICP  |  Pub Date: November 2005

• Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.2 x 0.6 inches (W x L x D)

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