Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography

A look at one of the first feminist artists, Pictorialist photographer Anne Brigman, best known for her iconic landscape photographs made in the early 1900s depicting female nudes outdoors in rugged northern California.

This main volume of a previously published slipcased edition is the catalogue of the major retrospective exhibition that took place in 2018 at the Nevada Museum of Art, and remains the first comprehensive book to chronicle the photography of Anne W. Brigman (1869-1950), one of the most important of all American women photographers. This monumental publication rediscovers and celebrates the work of Brigman, whose photography was considered radical for its time. For Brigman to objectify her own nude body as the subject of her photographs in 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, whose practitioners employed various methods of manipulation to achieve images that were considered beautiful and romantic. On the east coast, her work was promoted by Alfred Stieglitz, who published her photographs in Camera Work and elected her as a Fellow of the prestigious Photo-Secession.
The beautifully produced large-format 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.

About The Author

Ann M. Wolfe is the Andrea and John C. Deane Family Senior Curator and Deputy Director at the Nevada Museum of Art, where her work focuses on art and environment with an emphasis on the American West. She is the author of Tahoe (2015), The Altered Landscape (2011), and Suburban Escape (2006). Susan Ehrens is an art historian, independent curator, and author who has researched and lectured widely on the work of California Pictorialist photographers. Alexander Nemerov, Phd is Department Chair & Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University. A scholar of American art, his most recent books are Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov (2015), Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s (2013) and Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places of the Civil War (2010). Kathleen Pyne, PhD, is a professor emerita of Art History at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Modernism and the Feminine Voice: O'Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle (2007) and Art and the Higher Life: Painting and Evolutionary Thought in Late Nineteenth-Century America (1996). Heather Waldroup is a professor at Appalachian State University.

  • Publish Date: April 22, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Photography - Individual Photographers - Monographs
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Electa
  • Trim Size: 9-3/4 x 12
  • Pages: 400
  • US Price: $115.00
  • CDN Price: $155.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6929-9

Author Bookshelf: Ann M. Wolfe

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