Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971

Taken by Design Photographs from the Institute of Design One of Chicago s great cultural achievements the Institute of Design was among the most important schools of photography in twentieth century America It began as an outpost of experimental Bauhaus ed

  • Title: Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971
  • Author: David Travis David Travis
  • ISBN: 9780226811673
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of Chicago s great cultural achievements, the Institute of Design was among the most important schools of photography in twentieth century America It began as an outpost of experimental Bauhaus education and was home to an astonishing group of influential teachers and students, including L zl Moholy Nagy, Harry Callahan, and Aaron Siskind To date, however, the ID sOne of Chicago s great cultural achievements, the Institute of Design was among the most important schools of photography in twentieth century America It began as an outpost of experimental Bauhaus education and was home to an astonishing group of influential teachers and students, including L zl Moholy Nagy, Harry Callahan, and Aaron Siskind To date, however, the ID s enormous contributions to the art and practice of photography have gone largely unexplored Taken by Design is the first publication to examine thoroughly this remarkable institution and its lasting impact.With nearly 300 illustrations, including many never before published photographs, Taken by Design examines the changing nature of photography over this critical period in America s midcentury It starts by documenting the experimental nature of Moholy s Bauhaus approach and photography s new and enhanced role in training the complete designer Next it traces the formal and abstract camera experiments under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, which aimed at achieving a new kind of photographic subjectivity Finally, it highlights the ID s focus on conscious references to the processes of the photographic medium itself In addition to photographs by Moholy, Callahan, and Siskind, the book showcases works by Barbara Crane, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Joseph Jachna, Kenneth Josephson, Gyorgy Kepes, Nathan Lerner, Ray K Metzker, Richard Nickel, Arthur Siegel, Art Sinsabaugh, and many others Major essays from experts in the field, biographies, a chronology, and reprints of critical essays are also included, making Taken by Design an essential work for anyone interested in the history of American photography.Contributors include Keith Davis, Lloyd Engelbrecht, John Grimes, Nathan Lyons, Hattula Moholy Nagy, Elizabeth Siegel, David Travis, Larry Viskochil, James N Wood

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