[Tree Study, Olive Hill, Hollywood]

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[Tree Study, Olive Hill, Hollywood]


Edmund Teske (American, 1911 - 1996)




California, United States, North America (Place created)


negative 1945; print 1960s


Solarized gelatin silver print


34.9 × 24.6 cm (13 3/4 × 9 11/16 in.)


© Edmund Teske Archives/Laurence Bump and Nils Vidstrand, 2001

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Edmund Teske was introduced to Olive Hill, Aline Barnsdall's estate in the center of Hollywood, shortly after he moved to Los Angeles. His attraction to the trees on the estate grew out of his reverence for nature.

The reversed tones and varied colors of brown and dark red were achieved by twice exposing the printing paper to light: first while under the negative (made twenty years earlier) in the enlarger and a second time while the print was wet with the developing chemicals. At the second stage of development, the print reacted to the light and changed color from gray to russet, brown, and reddish brown in a process Teske called duotone solarization. His manipulation of the tones produced a sense of mystery and foreboding in the landscape.

Being and Becoming: Photographs by Edmund Teske (June 8 to August 15, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), June 8 to August 15, 1993
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
Spirit into Matter: The Photographs of Edmund Teske (June 15, 2004 to July 31, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 15 to September 26, 2004
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, May 21 to July 31, 2005
Education Resources

Education Resource




Transforming Negatives to Positives

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts


Three/Five-Part Lesson