"If you own only one Eliot Porter book, this is the one to have." --The Online Photographer
"For the last several decades landscape photographers have concentrated on showing man's depredations of nature, but their pictures only take on meaning when set against the images of untrammeled beauty by artists such as Porter." -- The Wall Street Journal "This retrospective from the Getty Museum reviews Porter's career, from his early days as a black-and-white photographer, in the school of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, to his path-breaking color photography, breathtaking in its attention to subtleties of tone and texture." -- Natural History
"[Porter's] images are rich and saturated with movement and detail, qualities that this book by Getty curator Martineau honors by simply getting out of the way.... A brief introduction, white space, short captions, and an emphasis on quality reproduction let the artist's work stand for itself."
From the Author
My interest in Eliot Porter began in 2003 when I came across a portfolio containing his vibrantly colored photographs of grass marshes, lichen-covered trees, and leaf-strewn ponds. I had recently relocated from Massachusetts to Los Angeles to take a job in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Porter's photographs of the New England woods reminded me of the places I had explored as a child. Recognizing the power of these photographs to transport me to another place, I proposed an exhibition of the work for the summer of 2006. The selection of plates in this book is loosely based on that exhibition and expanded to include some of Porter's best photographs of the American Southwest.