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Laura Gilpin, an enduring grace /
Martha A. Sandweiss.
Forth Worth, Texas : Amon Carter Museum, c1986.
339 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 33 cm.
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Forth Worth, Texas : Amon Carter Museum, c1986.
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"This book was produced in conjunction with, Àn enduring grace: the photographs of Laura Gilpin,' an exhibition organized by the Amon Carter Museum and exhibited at the Amon Carter Museum, January 24-April 13, 1986."
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1986-02-21:
Laura Gilpin (18911979) was a perfectionistic photographer. She would make several trips to capture a particular quality of sunlight on a mesa or a Navaho woman's face. Though she did not set out to document the Navahos' and Pueblos' endangered way of life, her sometimes romantic pictures of the American Southwest, its peoples and landscapes, form an enduring record of Indian culture, reflecting Native Americans' strong family ties and spiritual oneness with the land. Her photographs' formal perfection and deeply moving impact come through in 167 superb full-page reproductions in tritone, color and duotone. For decades Gilpin subsisted on commercial assignments while pursuing her craft and caring for the woman with whom she shared her life. Real success came only in the 1970s. This sumptuously produced biographyphoto study complements a Texas exhibition which will tour nationwide. As Sandweiss shows, Gilpin's personal circumstancesher wandering childhood, material scarcity, her family's ambiguous status in Colorado Springshelp explain her deep identification with American Indians. (March 17)
Appeared in Choice on 1986-09:
This is the first retrospective presentation of the work of Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), an important photographer of the American Southwest. Sandweiss (curator of photographs, Amon Carter Museum, Forth Worth) provides a partial documentation of the Gilpin collection at that museum as well as the record of an exhibition now touring the US. The book is extraordinarily handsome and well designed; each of the 120 tritone reproductions and 7 color plates reflects the considerable care with which Gilpin prepared her original prints. Her career began in the early pictorialist period, about 1918, and extended through the period of interest in the crystalline rendering of photographic fact. Gilpin was an important chronicler of the Southwest; in particular, of the Navaho who were the subject of her last book, The Enduring Navaho (CH, Jul '69). Although she was noted for her work with the Navaho and other native peoples, this new book makes clear that Gilpin was a photographer of considerably broad interests and accomplishments. Her landscapes are especially well rendered and in none of her work can she be considered merely a documentarian. Rather, as Sandweiss points out in her lengthy biographical essay, Gilpin approached her subjects as an artist fully aware of the contradiction between tradition and modernity and, of course, the Indians and their land were at the center of this conflict. Her career is fully documented in a lengthy chronological bibliography, and the extensive notes also provide an important guide for the study of regional pictorial and professional photography in this century. Highly recommended.-P.C. Bunnell, Princeton University
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