Eliot Porter

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River Edge at Sunset, Below Piute Rapids, San Juan River, Colorado, 1979
Dye-Transfer Prints, mounted on board
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
Edition of 250
Signed in pencil on verso
$1,500-$2,500 each
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Artist Biography:

Eliot Porter (American, 1901–1990) helped to elevate landscape photography to fine art. Trained as a chemical engineer and a medical doctor at Harvard University, Porter rose to fame as a photographer after Alfred Stieglitz exhibited his work at An American Place Gallery, New York in 1939. Porter was an anomaly at the time, working with color film while his contemporaries worked solely in black and white. He said that color photographs offered "a new dimension in the perception and representation of nature in photography." Rich in color and detail, Porter's photographs have been collected by museums worldwide. In 1990, the artist bequeathed his entire archive to the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

About the Work:

In 1979, the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented this image in "Intimate Landscapes," an exhibition of fifty-five prints by Porter. As the museum's first one-person show of color photography, it earned Porter international praise and brought new credibility to the medium. This print is part of a portfolio of 10 dye transfer prints, published that same year by Daniel Wolf Press. These images are usually sold as one unit, so this is a rare opportunity to collect part of that groundbreaking series.

Market Information:

While Porter is not as well known as his contemporary Ansel Adams, he still holds an important place in the history of art and photography. "Intimate Landscapes" is included in major collections of contemporary art. Connoisseurs and new collectors alike will appreciate this stunning print: created via dye transfer, which is fast becoming a rare process, these prints signify the ending of an era in photography.


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