Figure

Object Details

Title:

Figure

Artist/Maker(s):

Frederick Sommer (American, born Italy, 1905 - 1999)

Culture:

American

Date:

1965

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

33.7 x 22.2 cm (13 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.)

Copyright:

© Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation

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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.

Exhibitions
In Focus: The Nude (October 9, 2007 to February 24, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 9, 2007 to February 24, 2008
Bibliography

Sommer, Frederick. Venus, Jupiter & Mars: The Photographs of Frederick Sommer, edited by John Weiss, exh. cat.; cosponsored by the Department of Art, University of Delaware and the Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, Del.: Delaware Art Museum, 1980) fig. 84.

Sommer, Frederick. Sommer: Words (v. 1)/Images (v. 2) (Tucson: Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, 1984) pl. 56.