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Pirkle Jones: California Photographs, 1935-1982 Hardcover – November 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Aperture
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; First Edition edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893819492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893819491
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 10.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In anticipation of its 50th anniversary, Aperture has published a book about the life work of an artist who was an integral part of the California photographic community, which in turn gave rise to Aperture itself. Jones collaborated with the great names including Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and his wife, Ruth-Marion Baruch and his style fuses documentary photography with poetic emotion. Jones was successful in an array of mediums, including commercial, documentary, and art photography. This lavish book of full-page black-and-white photos from his best exhibitions accompanies a current exhibition that opened at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in December 2001. Included are pictures of the flooding of the Berryessa Valley, the Black Panther Party in California, the Gate 5 hippie community, and a flea market in Marin. Wride, the curator of the current exhibition, contributes a 24-page biographical profile and discussion of Jones's creative influences. Highly recommended for academic and photography libraries, public libraries with large photography collections, and libraries collecting on the social or cultural history of California. Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis
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Pirkle Jones's achievements include the Photographic Excellence Award from the National Urban League and the Award of Honor from the San Francisco Arts Commission. He has exhibited widely in galleries and museums.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erik Lauritzen on November 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Pirkle Jones is a photographer who has been photographing in California for most of his career. At one time he was a personal assistant to Ansel Adams in the 1950's and a close friend of Edward Weston as well. But aside from the traditional West Coast Style of Black and White Photography he was introduced to by working for and knowing some of this countries greatest photographers, Pirkle is a man of his convictions and he passionately pursued issues of his time with dignity and beauty. Whether he followed the tireless efforts of the migrant worker or The Black Panthers cry against a system of injustice , or the more optimistic dreamings of the Gate 5 series (in the Sausalito Marina, Marin County, CA) where he photographed the California House Boat Movement and lifestyle: each series has made with the same passion and brilliantly sensitive technique so long associated with the Western Coast Photographic ethic.

But Mr. Jones not only pursued these movements but was, himself, a photographer of the land and its many components that are seen less on a grand scale and more from a "spiritual" outpouring of his love for the nuances of life found in the details of the land and its fleeting essence.

While this book does not focus on all aspects of his career, it instead choose to overview works of striking contrast. Documentary essays that faced the troubles and radical changes of a unique and vigorious time in America and then the quiet and serene aspects of the natural world within Mr. Jones conscioueness and within the unspoiled landscapes of a State whose incredible beauty will never be again. Pirkle's work has been presented in such a brilliant fashion that only Mr.
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By Patricia B. on August 12, 2014
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Since I have a couple of his photographs wanted to read about him. He was an interesting man, took great photos.
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