THE PROCESS AND THE PAGE’ Exhibition on View thru 8/17 at Phoenix Art Museum

by May 1, 2014

The latest photography exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum walks visitors through the five-step process involved in the creation of a photographic book. On display are fifteen books published from 1930 to 2013 by nine celebrated photographic artists including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Richard Avedon, and W. Eugene Smith. As a vocal proponent of the photographic book, American photographer Ansel Adams helped pave the way for photographers to embrace the book as a medium to organize, disseminate, and promote their work. Presented alongside the books themselves are archive objects- including proposals, correspondence, drafts, expense reports, and marketing plans- to help illustrate the artists’ role in every aspect of a book from design to production.

The Process and the Page: Developing Photographic Books is on view now through August 17, 2014, at Phoenix Art Museum. The exhibition expresses how photographers see these books as an essential component of their life’s work. Archive objects like letters Adams sent to colleagues and publishers, book maquettes American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand crafted, and a promotional flyer American printmaker, photographer, and graphic designer Robert Heinecken created are on view with their photographic books to demonstrate the thoughtful decisions each artist made throughout the publishing process from sequence and typestyle to reproduction quality and marketing. read more