05-18-2012 05-18-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2598B Boston
May 18, 2012 12:00 PMCalender

Eliot Porter (American, 1901-1990) CERTAIN PASSAGES/A Portfolio of Eight Landscapes

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2598B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 18, 2012 12:00PM


Eliot Porter (American, 1901-1990)

CERTAIN PASSAGES/A Portfolio of Eight Landscapes, published 1989, edition of 300, published by Daniel Wolf Press, Inc., New York. Each signed "Eliot Porter" in pencil (on the mount) l.r., identified and numbered "139" on the colophon page. Dye transfer prints, mount sizes 24 x 20 in. (60.9 x 50.8 cm), presented in the original clamshell box.
Condition: Good.

Provenance: Through the family of the artist.

N.B. Porter has a unique place in the history of photography. At twelve years old, his father gave him his first camera, a Kodak Brownie. Porter grew up to study medicine and became a research biologist, but constantly returned to photography and nature walks. An accidental meeting with Ansel Adams spurred his interest in a more serious direction, and when his brother, painter Fairfield Porter, introduced him to Alfred Stieglitz, Porter shifted careers. While he was successful with his black and white work in the 1930s, it was his dye transfer work that was both unique in the 1940s and pioneering.
Estimate $2,000-3,000


Eliot Porter, Porter, Daniel Wolf Press Inc., Kodak, research biologist, Fairfield Porter, Alfred Stieglitz