1989
Barbara Ess
American, born 1948

Monochrome color photograph, AP2
73 x 50 inches

The Museum's collection includes four large-scale photographs by Barbara Ess, each made in her signature style, using black-and-white film and a simple pinhole camera and then printing on color photographic paper. Her choice of equipment and process makes pictures with a soft focus, especially around the edges. Usually printed with just one earthy color, such as amber or muted blue-black, her images become ambient, shadowy, and flickering.

In one respect, her photographs are clearly figurative, yet they are also blurred, with space distorted to the point of abstraction. Each is...

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