lundi 19 décembre 2011

Anne Brigman

Anne Brigman at a retouching easel in her studio. circa 1915.

Anne Wardrope (Nott) Brigman (1869-1950) was an American photographer and one of the original members of the Photo-Secession movement in America. Her most famous images were taken between 1900 and 1920, and depict nude women in primordial, naturalistic contexts.
Brigman's photographs frequently focused on the female nude, dramatically situated in natural landscapes or trees. Many of her photos were taken in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in carefully selected locations and featuring elaborately staged poses. Brigman often featured herself as the subject of her images. After shooting the photographs, she would extensively touch up the negatives with paints, pencil, or superimposition.
Brigman's deliberately counter-cultural images suggested bohemianism and female liberation. Her work challenged the establishment's cultural norms and defied convention, instead embracing pagan antiquity. The raw emotional intensity and barbaric strength of her photos contrasted with the carefully calculated and composed images of Stieglitz and other modern photographers.                                         

The Water Nixie- 1914

The Source 1907

The Bubble 1907

Storm Tree, 1915

 The Dryad, 1905


The Heart of the Storm, negative, 1902; print, 1914

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