Softcover, 8.3 x 10.8 in., 3.36 lb, 256 pages
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.
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Light and Shadows
Paul Outerbridge’s provocative nudes and pioneering colorWhether 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.
Customer reviews (4)
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.
Dale, November 02, 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!
Paul McCambridge, October 28, 2021
Not a bad book, some intriguing images, did come across as more experimental photography though.
Jacques, October 28, 2021
Outerbridge's photographs as classic milestones. A touch of surrealism and beautiful color strangeness. A must have at good price.