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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2895B Boston
May 13, 2016 12:00 PMCalender

Eliot Porter (American, 1901-1990) Dungeon Canyon, Glen Canyon, August 29, 1961

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2895B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 13, 2016 12:00PM


Eliot Porter (American, 1901-1990)

Dungeon Canyon, Glen Canyon, August 29, 1961, printed in 1980 in an edition of 250 for the portfolio Eliot Porter: Glen Canyon. Signed "Eliot Porter" in pencil on the mount l.r., stamped on the reverse of the mount l.l. Dye-transfer print mounted to board, image/sheet size 16 x 12 3/8 in. (40.6 x 31.0 cm), unmatted, unframed.
Condition: Scattered subtle fox marks on the mount recto, fox marks on the mount verso.

N.B. At twelve years old, Eliot Porter's father gave him his first camera, a Kodak Brownie. As a young man, he studied medicine and eventually became a research biologist and professor, but photography and nature remained a constant in his life. Ansel Adams encouraged Porter to work with a large-format camera, and when his brother, painter Fairfield Porter, introduced him to Alfred Stieglitz, he shifted careers. While he was successful with his black-and-white work in the 1930s, it was the dye transfer work he began in the 1940s that was pioneering. In 1979, Intimate Landscapes, an exhibition of fifty-five works by Porter, was the first one-man showing of color photographs ever presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Estimate $700-900

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Fairfield Porter