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Arena Editions, 1999 - Photography - 126 pages
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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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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

About the author (1999)

Patti Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 30, 1946. She is a singer-songwriter, writer and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock. Her album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. She has recorded twelve albums. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has written several books including Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, Auguries of Innocence, M Train, and Just Kids, which won the Nonfiction category of the National Book Award in 2010. Her drawings, photographs, and installations have been shown at numerous venues including the Andy Warhol Museum and the Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris. In 2005, she was awarded the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, which is the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French Republic.

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