Eliot Porter - In the Realm of Nature (Hardback)
  • Eliot Porter - In the Realm of Nature (Hardback)

Eliot Porter - In the Realm of Nature (Hardback)

Hardback 144 Pages / Published: 30/08/2012
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It is a beautifully illustrated celebration of the images of Eliot Porter, and their role in the origins of the environmental conservation. Known for his exquisite images of birds and landscape, Eliot Porter (1901-1990) was a pioneer in the use of colour photography. His work also became a powerful visual argument for environmental conservation. Possessing a gift for close observation, Porter explored new ways of depicting nature, building blinds in trees so he could study his avian subjects at closer vantage, and producing landscape images that capture both pristine forest and ragged river canyons with equal force and brilliance. Initially encouraged by the ground-breaking photographers Ansel Adams and Alfred Stieglitz, Porter went on to produce a body of work all his own. His 1962 Sierra Club book "In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World" transformed the concept of nature photography books. Ultimately, Porter's photographs came to the attention of Congress and led to the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the foundational law in wilderness management today.

Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
ISBN: 9781606061190
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 1202 g
Dimensions: 284 x 248 x 19 mm


"[Porter's] images are rich and saturated with movement and detail, qualities that this book by Getty curator Martineau honors by simply getting out of the way.... A brief introduction, white space, short captions, and an emphasis on quality reproduction let the artist's work stand for itself."
--Publishers Weekly

"Some of Eliot Porter's loveliest photographs of birds and fragments of the natural landscape make up this handsome sampling of his work. . . . His subjects are so subtle as to be almost invisible to a casual observer. But once Porter shows them to us, we cannot stop looking."--ARTnews
"Beautiful. . . . A concise course in what may be done with a camera in the hands of a master."--Choice
"The photo reproductions are, in a word, superb. [...] If you own only one Eliot Porter book, this is the one to have."-- Online Photographer
"For the last several decades landscape photographers have concentrated on showing man's depredations of nature, but their pictures only take on meaning when set against images of untrammeled beauty by artists such as Eliot Porter."--Wall Street Journal
"Gorgeous."--Christianity Today
"An absolutely exquisite collection."--Shelf Awareness
"Eliot Porter . . . was one of the pioneers in the use of color photography, and the pioneer in portraying birds and other elements of the natural scene in color."--Pasatiempo

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