Anne Brigman (Hardcover)
A Visionary in Modern Photography
Rizzoli Electa, 9780847862870, 400pp.
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
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This monumental publication rediscovers and celebrates the work of Anne Brigman, whose photography was considered radical for its time. For Brigman to objectify her own nude body as the subject of her photographs at the turn of the 20th century was groundbreaking; to do so outdoors in a near-desolate wilderness setting was revolutionary. Brigman’s significance spanned both coasts: in Northern California, where she lived, she was known as a poet, a critic, and a member of the Pictorialist photography movement. On the East Coast, her work was promoted by Alfred Stieglitz, who elected her as a fellow of the prestigious Photo-Secession.
The book is devoted to Brigman's entire career, covering such topics as Brigman's work within the contexts of the California Arts & Crafts movement and New York Modernism; her relationship to High Sierra mountaineering and early 20th-century poetry; and the relevance of her work to contemporary conversations regarding gendered landscapes of the American frontier.
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“Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography,” is the largest presentation of Brigman’s work to date, bringing together 250 photographs by an artist who, notes curator Ann Wolfe, was “stripping off her clothes and scaling mountains at a time when women were still confined to Edwardian corsets." — AI AP
"This fall, the Nevada Museum of Art is inviting visitors to rediscover the groundbreaking work of visionary photographer Anne Brigman (1869-1950) in this first major retrospective. Consisting of 250 photographs drawn from public and private collections, Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography features this pioneering artist’s most iconic work, including her early photographic explorations, as well as many never-before-seen images, correspondence, and archival materials."