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Paul Outerbridge

30Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: In Stock
American photographer Paul Outerbridge created shimmering “artifical paradises." From Cubist still life images to nudes, his sensitivity to light and shadow and pioneering use of color transformed everyday scenarios into near-abstract compositions. This unique aesthetic helped him seductively champion the expressionistic, as much as commercial, potential of color photography.
Softcover8.3 x 10.8 in.3.37 lb256 pages
Paul Outerbridge

Paul Outerbridge


Light and Shadows

Paul Outerbridge’s provocative nudes and pioneering color

Whether in his sumptuous images for advertising or his soft-hued nudes, Paul Outerbridge (1896–1958) was an alchemist of desire. Color was integral to his aesthetic allure, embracing the complex tri-color-carbro process to create a seductive surface of texture and tone. His quest was for “artificial paradises”—a perfection of form, with a surreal edge.

This concise monograph introduces Outerbridge’s unique aesthetic and its commercial and artistic trajectory, from his professional peak as New York’s highest-paid commercial photographer through to his retreat to Hollywood in the 1940s after a scandal over his erotic photography. With key examples from his oeuvre, the book explores Outerbridge’s innovative style through Cubist still life images, magazine photographs, and his controversial nudes, as well as his interaction with other avant-garde photographers, such as Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Man Ray. Along the way, we recognize Outerbridge’s particular ability to transform everyday objects into a quasi-abstract composition and his pioneering role in championing the expressionistic, as much as commercial, potential of color photographs.
The authors

Carol McCusker is Curator of Photography at the University of Florida’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida. She is former Curator of Photography the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.

Elaine Dines-Cox is an independent art museum curator living in San Francisco. Her 1981 monograph on Paul Outerbridge was the first published catalogue raisonné on an art photographer.

The editor

Manfred Heiting is an internationally acknowledged designer, curator, and expert on and collector of photographs and photobooks; he lives in Malibu and Brussels. He is a founding member of the J. Paul Getty Museum Council and since 2016 UCLA Distinguished Lecturer in the Humanities. He is editor and designer of Deutschland im Fotobuch, The Soviet Photobook, and The Japanese Photobook and co-editor and designer of Autopsie: Deutschsprachige Fotobücher 1918–1945.

Paul Outerbridge
Softcover21 x 27.5 cm1.53 kg256 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-6456-4

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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6 Ratings

One for the studio photographer

Martin,November 12, 2021
Although images were taken some time ago they are still good as reference material for ideas when working in the studio. Love the still lifes.

Great monograph

Dale,November 2, 2021
This is a great book for anyone who is interested in the colour photography. Outerbridge's contribution as a pioneer to this field is simply not to overlook!

Intriguing book

Paul M.,October 28, 2021
Not a bad book, some intriguing images, did come across as more experimental photography though.

A classic

Jacques,October 28, 2021
Outerbridge's photographs as classic milestones. A touch of surrealism and beautiful color strangeness. A must have at good price.

Very good book

Jac,October 27, 2021
Concise text and great reprints with good color accuracy. Very pleased indeed