Areana Editions, 1999 - Photography - 136 pages
Over the years, Lynn Davis has become widely celebrated for her large-scale photographs of "monuments" of the human and natural landscape from around the world. Whether depicting the ancient pyramids of Giza, the temples of Cambodia, or the icebergs of Greenland, Davis articulates both the omnipotent forces of nature and the most resolute building endeavors ever undertaken by man. Davis's aesthetic is cool and refined; her sparse composition and controlled modeling of light evoke solitude and contemplation.
Travel has become an essential component of Davis's work, building on a long-standing tradition of travel photography, particularly from the nineteenth century. Evident in her minimal imagery is a reverence for the monuments she visits for their grace of form and for the extraordinary feats of their producers. Lynn Davis's photographs are accompanied by texts by Patti Smith and Rudolph Wurlitzer that contemplate the sheer beauty of Davis's photography and the context of travel in which they are produced.
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This superb book of large-format photographs pays homage to the concept of "monument"--both as natural forms and ancient ruins of human creation. Collected here are ghostly photographs of icebergs ... Read full review
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from Patti Smith's introduction: "Where black is bright as dead. Where all things are another. Where the sea is the desert. Where decay is transformation. Where ice is bone is torso. Stone is the ... Read full review