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Bradford Washburn – Renaissance Man

Bradford Washburn was truly an American version of a 20th century Renaissance man. Cartographer, scientist, esteemed climber and explorer, museum director, and photographer were some of the pursuits at which he excelled. Among his many activities, Washburn spent 60 years making stunning aerial photographs of frozen vistas, most notably in Alaska.READ ENTIRE ARTICLE

Mount McKinley from North East over Muldrow Glacier, 1938

Mount McKinley from North East over Muldrow Glacier, 1938

“Washburn’s breathtaking photography shows mountains within their dynamic, violent surroundings: wind swirling off peaks, faraway glaciers glinting in the sun. He took many of these photos squeezed into the doorway of a small airplane, his 53-pound Fairchild K-6 camera in tow. Other times, he would pack it with him, his wiry frame trundling up towards the summit,” wrote Ryan Bradley in the National Geographic magazine.
Many photographers have stellar wilderness skills, but Washburn amassed at least 15 first ascents on Alaskan mountains between 1933-1955. An impressed Ansel Adams wrote, “Bradford Washburn is one of the very few people who have combined spectacular experience in the wilderness with equally spectacular achievements in the world of civilization. One never knows what next to expect from this roving genius of mind and mountains…”
Barnard Glacier, 1938

Barnard Glacier, 1938

Three of Washburn’s photogravures from Alaska are included in Ansel Adams: Before and After, an exhibition co-curated by the Booth Western Art Museum and Lumière. This show displays over 25 Adams prints that place the master photographer in the context of photographic history.
Viewers will learn about the pioneers who influenced a young Adams, witness Adams at the pinnacle of his powers, and see Adam’s influence running through the generation of photographers who followed him. The exhibition is now open and has been EXTENDED until April 3, 2016.
Mountaineering captivated Washburn from an early age. By the time he enrolled at Harvard, he had already been inducted into the prestigious New York Explorer’s Club and was a member of the French Alpine Club’s élite Groupe de Haute Montagne. In fact, the young Washburn hoped to pay his college fees through lecturing gigs.
Mount Huntington, 1978

Mount Huntington, 1978

Tireless and fearless, Washburn excelled at all the activities he undertook, but he was proudest of his work as the director of the New England Museum of Natural History. Washburn took what has been described an “uninspired collection” and turned it into a leading science museum now called the Museum of Science, Boston.
Under his leadership, the museum organized the first traveling planetarium in 1948. The 1950s ushered in 20 years of physical expansion, and the museum has not stopped evolving. Washburn was the director from 1939-1980.
Washburn passed away at the age of 96, in 2007 – he is said to have been mapping the grounds of his retirement home when he died – but his legacy lives on at the Bradford Washington American Mountaineering Museum (BWAMM) in Golden, Colorado. His work can also be seen online at his Lumière artist page.

All images: ©Bradford Washburn, courtesy

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John Gutmann was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) on this day in 1905, the son of prosperous Jewish parents. Showing early artistic talent, he studied at Breslau’s University and the Academy of Arts and Crafts, a student of leading Expressionist artist Otto Mueller. Following his graduation, he moved to Berlin to pursue his painting career while also teaching art. In 1933, as the Nazi regime consolidated its power, it issued the Professional Services Restoration Act, denying employment to “Non-Aryans.” Gutmann formulated a plan to leave Germany permanently. With minimal photographic experience, he secured a contract with Press-Photo in Berlin and charted a course as a foreign correspondent based in San Francisco, California. Traveling on a Norwegian freighter from Rotterdam via the Panama Canal, Gutmann arrived in San Francisco on January 1, 1934 to begin his new life.

Quickly mastering the technical requirements of the medium, Gutmann’s early artistic training is clearly evident in his photographs. The images shown here are from this dynamic period in his career, exploring America’s culture. There were subjects that would continue to catch his eye on a recurring basis including automobiles and American “car culture,” Depression era protests, and street portraits. His documentation of signage in the landscape and the written word in the street, was perhaps driven by his personal need to acclimate to a new language and culture.

A quote from Gutmann from a 1989 San Francisco Examiner profile states: “I photographed the popular culture of the United States differently from American photographers. I saw the enormous vitality of the country. I didn’t see it as suffering. The urban photographers here took pictures that showed the negative side of the Depression, but my pictures show the almost bizarre, exotic qualities of the country… I was seeing America with an outsider’s eyes - the automobiles, the speed, the freedom, the graffiti…” — John Gutmann, 1989.

A major exh#lumieregallery #johngutmannK#johngutmannphotographyt#bremanmuseumu#cultureshockwn Atlanta.

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Born Dorothea Nutzhorn in Hoboken, New Jersey on May 26, 1895, she was the daughter of Joan Lange and Henry Nutzhorn. Dorothea developed polio in 1902, at age 7. Like many other polio victims before treatment was available, she emerged with a weakened right leg, and a permanent limp. When she was 12 years old, her father abandoned her and her mother, leading her to drop her middle and last names and adopt her mother’s maiden name.

Lange was educated in photography in New York City, in a class taught by Clarence H. White. She was informally apprenticed to several New York photography studios, including that of the famed Arnold Genthe. In 1918, she moved to San Francisco, and by the following year she had opened a successful portrait studio. She lived across the bay in Berkeley for the rest of her life. In 1920, she married the noted western painter Maynard Dixon, with whom she had two sons.

With the onset of the Great Depression, Lange turned her camera lens from the studio to the street. Her studies of unemployed and homeless people captured the attention of local photographers and led to her employment with the federal Resettlement Administration (RA), later called the Farm Security Administration (FSA). In December 1935, she divorced Dixon and married agricultural economist Paul Schuster Taylor, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Together they documented rural poverty and the exploitation of sharecroppers and migrant laborers for the next five years. From 1935 to 1939, Lange’s work for the RA and FSA brought the plight of the poor and forgotten to public attention. Distributed free to newspapers across the country, her poignant images became icons of the era. After Lange left government employment, she photographed the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, in an attempt to bring their plight to public opinion. At the end of her life, Lange traveled throughout Asia and Europe photographing the people and cultures she en#lumieregallerym#dorothealangeo#blackandwhitephotographye#borntodayy#FSAr#fsaphotographyaphotography
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I treasure my original print of Migrant Mother.

One of my all time favorite photographers!

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Continuing the celebration of National Photography Month - Today presenting 8 images focused on Street Photography that features SIGNAGE - written words within the landscape.

Often these images are a complex mix of culture, environment and advertising - amplified by the viewpoint and perspective of the photographer.

Photographers featured in order of appearance: John Gutmann, Berenice Abbott, Rondal Partridge, Peter Sekaer, Arnold Newman, Ruth-Marion Baruch, Alexander Rodchenko, Richard Pare and Al Weber.

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