Gelatin silver print
Image: 12.6 x 16.9 cm (4 15/16 x 6 5/8 in.); Paper: 17.7 x 23.9 cm (6 15/16 x 9 7/16 in.); Matted: 35.6 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.)
Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1991.161
This lyrical image comes from one of Sudek's most inventive bodies of work---photographs of gardens. During World War II, he began this exploration by photographing his own small garden through a misty window pane; later, he added the gardens of his friends. From 1945 to 1960, Sudek photographed the architect Otto Rothmayer's garden, calling the series The Magic Garden. In this example, Sudek orchestrated a complex composition featuring chairs (one of his favorite motifs) and three large rocks. With transforming skill, he was able to humanize these inanimate objects, giving them distinctive personalities.
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