Published by Fraenkel Gallery/Fundación MAPFRE. Text by Sandra S. Phillips, Philip Gefter
Bringing together more than 70 photographs from the past ten years, this luxurious volume includes Learoyd's (born 1966) widely acclaimed portraits of clothed or nude models, made with the massive camera obscura that he built in his studio, which produces one-of-a-kind color photographs. Sandra S. Phillips writes of these portraits: "There is something incontrovertibly present in the people he photographs; they are more alive, more beautiful, and more fallible—even more vulnerable—than the people we see in most pictures.
Also featured are landscapes made in California, England and Spain, as well as still lifes of animals and flowers. Presenting the highlights of Learoyd's career, and organized in reverse chronological order, this volume shows how Learoyd's images are rooted in the history of art, but were made with the intention of challenging the authority of painting.
Published by Aperture/Pier 24 photography. Text by Richard Learoyd, Martin Barnes, Nancy Gryspeerdt.
This deluxe, oversized monograph offers the most comprehensive collection of British photographer Richard Learoyd's (born 1966) color studio images to date--mostly portraits, but also including a handful of exquisite still lifes. The color images are made with one of the most antiquarian of photographic processes: the camera obscura, literally translated from Latin as "dark room." Learoyd has created a room-sized camera in which the Cibachrome photographic paper is exposed. The subject is in the adjacent room, separated by a lens. Light falling on the subject is directly focused onto the photographic paper without an interposing film negative. The result is a perfectly clear, entirely grainless, larger-than-life image. Learoyd's subjects, composed simply and directly, are described with the thinnest plane of focus, recreating and exaggerating the way that the human eye perceives; the images recall Dutch Master paintings in tone and composition. This volume includes more than 150 images, reproduced with the utmost care to capture the luminosity of the originals. It also includes an artist statement by Learoyd; a statement by Nancy Gryspeerdt, one of his subjects; and a text by Martin Barnes, curator of the first solo exhibition of the artist's work at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
PUBLISHER Aperture/Pier 24 photography
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 12 x 14.75 in. / 328 pgs / 160 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/27/2015 No longer our product
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PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781597113298TRADE List Price: $150.00 CDN $180.00