Oral History and Art: Photography contains extended, in-depth interviews with some of the leading figures in twentieth-century photography - Lewis Baltz, Harry Callahan, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Aaron Siskind - drawn from oral history transcripts in the collection of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Containing the complete transcripts of unique interviews with ground-breaking artists whose work has profoundly changed both our understanding of the world and the course of art itself, these texts are essential reading for anyone involved in the study of the creative process.
In the immediacy of everyday conversation, the personality of each artist is explored, providing unique insights into their artistic influences, working processes, personal lives and formative experiences.
Interview with Lewis Baltz
15-17 November 2009, Paris
Interview with Harry Callahan
13 February 1975, Providence, RI
Interview with Walker Evans
13 October and 23 December 1971, Providence, RI
Interview with Dorothea Lange
22 May 1964, New York City
Interview with Aaron Siskind
28 September and 2 October 1982, New York City
I was interested in the tyranny of the new, the future that was being shoved down our throats.
I feel like I’m adventuring in some way. Looking for something. Sometimes it comes out real good and that starts you on a whole new way of thinking and seeing.
I quarreled with the headmaster all the time. I was his natural enemy; he was mine. They knew I was a misfit, a problem child.
Often it’s just sticking around and being there; letting the children look at your camera with their dirty, grimy little hands, and putting their fingers on the lens.
Working as an artist you are trying to vary the form in some significant way. Each picture is its own truth.
Oral History and Art: Photography
Size: 156 x 234mm
Edition: £39 [paperback]
ISBN: 978-1-910144-61-9 [paperback]
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