The Illuminating Mind in American Photography:
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The Illuminating Mind in American Photography:

Stieglitz, Strand, Weston, Adams

by David Peeler

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The Illuminating Mind in American Photography: Stieglitz, Strand, Weston, Adams looks at the ideas, images and lives of four major twentieth century American photographers: Alfred Stieglitz , Paul Strand, Edward Weston, andAnsel Adams. It is a kind of comparative biography, showing the interrelationships of their lives as well as their shared themes and experiences.
The Illuminating Mind looks at the ideas, images and lives of four major twentieth century American photographers: Alfred Stieglitz [1864-1946], Paul Strand [1890-1976], Edward Weston [1886-1958] and Ansel Adams [1902-1984]. Largely because of their efforts, Americans came to accept photography as a fine art. This book examines the lives of these four photographers within the context of their times, sketching not only their contributions to Americanmodernism, but also their struggles with epistemological and representational questions that echoed throughout American culture. They were all interested in the relationships between the artist and his subject, the knower and theknown, the mind and its objects. For them, photography was not passive transcription of the outer world; instead, it is an exploratory process in which the artist interogates and probes that world. Thus they regarded photographyas a creative art in which the mind illuminates its subjects, and they believed that a photograph is constituted as much by the artist's contributions as by the subject's trace. Drawing upon rarely used archival manuscripts and forgotten publication, The Illuminating Mind uses a biographical perspective to reveal these artists' unrecognized psychological intricacies, as well as the interrelationships of their creative lives and expressive themes.

David Peeler is in the Department of History, United States Naval Academy.
Introduction: Four Lives and the Illuminating Mind
(Alfred Stieglitz) Photography Calling
(Alfred Stieglitz) Modern Dawn
(Alfred Stieglitz) Master Days
(Alfred Stieglitz) Rhinoceros
(Paul Strand) Early Years
(Paul Strand) Materialism
(Paul Strand) Narrative's Lure
(Paul Strand) Never Despair
(Edward Weston) Gestating Modernist
(Edward Weston) Touching the Mexican Earth
(Edward Weston) Scrutiny: Appetite, Subject, and the Mind
(Edward Weston) Epic Reach: The Years of Travel
(Edward Weston) Life and Art: Endings
(Ansel Adams) Hard Rock Transcendentalist
(Ansel Adams) Art Therapy
(Ansel Adams) Nations' Nature
(Ansel Adams) Posthumous Existence
Conclusion: Perpetual Elation

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Title Details

392 Pages

0 x 0 cm

78 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: University of Rochester Press