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The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious Hardcover – September 30, 2011
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The Unseen Eye by W.M. Hunt is perhaps the most compelling anthology of photographs I have encountered. Comprised of 370 images from Hunt's largest collection of photographs, Collection Dancing Bear, it is a unique assortment of images, ranging from vernacular photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries, to iconic reportage images, to photographs from the giants of the photographic art world. (Sarah Bradley Photo-Eye)
About the Author
William A. Ewing is the curator and director of the Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne. He lives in Switzerland.
Top Customer Reviews
What makes the collection bear the name of the book is the theme. In each image, the gaze of the subject is averted, the face obscured or the eyes firmly closed. The pictures present a catalog of anti-portraiture, characterized at first glance by what its subjects conceal, not by what the camera reveals. According to Hunt, `I looked for and found a photograph at an auction house 40 years ago that had a veiled, romantic presence, and it was an intense and unexpected experience. So I looked for another one. And then I found a couple more, and I thought, `What an odd thing to be doing.'" But in time Hunt's home was filled with photographs in which the subject's eye was somehow unseen. The collector, though, insists that he always "sees" the pictures. `The images run through my mind like a Rolodex. I don't have to take them out physically to see them. They play on this strange lightbox in my head.'
This collection spans the time of the first photographs in the 19th century to the present and there likely is not a more genuinely varied collection anywhere! Grady Harp, March 12