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Paul Outerbridge

by Elaine Dines-Cox (Author), Carol McCuster (Author), Manfred Heiting (Editor)



ISBN:9783836564564
Format:Softcover
Page Extent:252 pages
Book Size:210 x 275 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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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.


About the Authors

Manfred Heiting

Manfred Heiting is an internationally acknowledged expert on and collector of photographs and books, who divides his time between Amsterdam and Malibu. He is a founding member of the J. Paul Getty Museum Council and a member of the supervisory board of the Herb Ritts Foundation, both located in Los Angeles. He is editor of Deutschland im Fotobuch and co-editor of Autopsie: Deutschsprachige Fotobucher 1918 1945.

Elaine Dines-Cox

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.

Carol McCuster

Carol McCuster is a photo historian and curatorial assistant at the University Art Museum in Albuquerque.