Frederick Sommer Prescott, AZ, USA, American, born Italy, 1905 - 1999
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Frederick Sommer (American, born Italy, 1905 - 1999)
Gelatin silver print
33.7 x 22.2 cm (13 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.)
© Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation
Sommer photographed statuary during a summer trip to Europe in 1960. He strayed from his usual sharply focused pictures by jarring the camera during exposure, imparting a sense of lightness and movement to the stone. Upon his return to Arizona, he began working with living models. These studies, made with a still camera, are also blurred, but here the obliterated detail and deep shadows make the human body seem like sculpted stone.