About Face: Intimacy and Abstraction in Photographic Portraits

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This exhibition considers the voyeuristic intimacy of the close-up portrait in thirteen photographs by celebrated photographers Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, John Gutmann, Barbara Morgan, and Edward Weston. Dating from the 1920s to the early 1940s, each striking photograph captures a likeness and the mood set by the subject's personality. Taken in close proximity or cropped in the darkroom, they present their subjectsin great detail but also allow passages of abstraction to emerge from the clean geometry of the compositions. IMAGE: Edward Weston (U.S.A., 1886-1958), Carlos Merida, 1934. Gelatin silver print. Lent by the Capital Group Foundation, copyright 1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents, L.81.113.2002


Cantor Arts Center
328 Lomita Dr
Palo Alto, CA
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  1. Cantor Arts Center
    328 Lomita Dr, Palo Alto, CA