Monday, February 16, 2009

Toni Frissell

When I was out in Maine last November I picked up a book at Tim's called "Against the Odds-women pioneers in the first hundred years of photography" It focused on women photographers in the United States and the impact they had on the development of photography into what we have today.

As in all aspects of the arts the roles that women played has been woefully underrepresented. So it was nice to see a substantial book focused specifically on that topic. It was a very nice book that was well researched and well written. I had the entire book read by the time I got home from Maine.

Out of the book there was one image in particular that had me hooked. It was an image done by Antoinette Frissell Bacon (photo name was Toni Frissell) for Harper's Bazaar. I can't think of a better way to describe this image than photographic poetry. I typically like straight forward images that do not rely on cryptic messages. But with this image every time I look at it, it evokes a different mood out of me. It has a subtle magic to it that seems to transcend time, genre, meaning, etc.

So no this picture is not mine. It is Toni's. I only wish I had taken it.

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