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NEW COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS FROM MEXICO AND CALIFORNIA, 1948-1955
Paul Outerbridge

Nazraeli Press, 2009
Hardcover
88 pages
50 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781590052617

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The publication of Paul Outerbridge: New Color Photographs from Mexico and California, 1948-1955 marks the discovery of a previously unknown and unpublished body of work by one of America's earliest masters of colour photography. Outerbridge built his extraordinary reputation by making virtuoso carbro-colour prints of nudes and still lifes, mainly in the studio, during the 1930s. In the late 1940s and 1950s he took his camera to the streets, crossing the border between California and Mexico and photographing the people and places he found. Shooting in bold, luminous Kodachrome, his photographs explore the quirkiness of 1950s leisure culture and examine the blending of two interwoven societies at a distinctive time in history.

As brilliant and innovative today as when they were made, these images demonstrate a breathtaking mastery of the new art of colour photography, and Outerbridge's characteristic style and dramatic use of colour anticipated the work of photographers who strove a quarter of a century later to develop a similar, bold new colour vocabulary.

 

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