Aug 21, 2007

White Calf in Pen

White Calf in Pen


Douglas Prince

(American, 1943-)

Gelatin silver print from 3 negatives

Image: 24.1 x 18.4 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

Gift of Louise S. Richards 1976.155



Although White Calf in Pen appears to be a single photograph, Douglas Prince shot the foreground and the sky in Florida and the background farmland in Iowa. His process reminds viewers that although the shutter’s click may only last an instant, the creation of a work of art always involves framing, cropping, and shaping. Here, Prince crafts a single, striking photograph that is more extraordinary than what he discovered in any one location. Throughout his career, Prince has approached photography as an integral part of a continuing tradition of image making. His work incorporates elements from sculpture, painting, and printmaking, extending the definition of "photographic" on formal and conceptual levels. His use of multiple negatives to blur several images into a single photograph has led his work to be compared to that of the Surrealists, who relished unexpected juxtapositions.

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