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The Heart of the Storm 1912
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Figure in the Landscape 1923
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Finis 1912
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La Brise 1910

Anne W. Brigman  b. 1869 Honolulu, Hawaii, d. 1950 Eagle Rock, California

Born in Hawaii, Anne Brigman moved to California when she was sixteen years old. Trained as a painter, she turned to photography in 1902. “[S]lim, hearty, unaffected women of early maturity living a hardy out-of-door life in high boots and jeans, toughened to wind and sun” were Brigman’s favored subjects, and she photographed them nude in the landscape of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California.

Brigman was one of two original California members of the art photography group the Photo-Secession, founded by Alfred Stieglitz, and she was the only Western photographer to be made a Fellow of the group. Three issues of Camera Work featured her photographs, and the British Linked Ring society of photographers elected her a member. Around 1929 she moved to Long Beach in Southern California, where she continued to photograph, focusing on a series of sand erosions. A year before her death in Eagle Rock, near Los Angeles, in 1950, she published a book of her poems and photographs titled Songs of a Pagan. Brigman’s approach to photography seems to have been influenced by a strange blend of pagan mythology, European Romanticism, and her childhood exposure to the native beliefs of the Hawaiian people. Other artists had photographed subjects…even nudes…in natural settings long before Brigman. What made her work different is she saw her subjects as integralto the setting. To her, the people she photographed were just as much a part of the natural world as the trees and stones. She wasn’t photographing people IN nature; she was photographing people AS nature. “In all of my years of work with the lens,” she wrote, “I’ve dreamed of and loved to work with the human figure – to embody it in rocks and trees, to make it part of the elements, not apart from them.” She often sought to do that by portraying people as mythical, magical creatures. She once described much of her work as “the partially realized fancies that flourished in the golden or thunderous days of two months in a wild part of the Sierras where gnomes and elves and spirits of the trees reveal themselves under certain mystical incantations.”
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Soul of the Blasted Pine 1907
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The Dying Cedar  1903
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The Hamadryads c. 1910
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The Kiss 1912
Anne W. Brigman fue una actriz, poeta y fotógrafa estadounidense (nacida en 1869 en Hawai y fallecida en Eagle Rock, cerca de Los Ángeles, el 8 de febrero de 1950) componente del grupo Photo-Secession y reconocida fotógrafa pictorialista, cuya obra más personal fue el desnudo femenino en paisajes naturales. Influenciada por Alfred Stieglitz y los pintores tonalistas trató de llevar la fotografía al terreno de las Bellas Artes, manipulando frecuentemente sus negativos en el cuarto oscuro para crear suaves efectos subjetivos. También utilizó lápices, pinturas, productos químicos e incluso herramientas de grabado directamente en sus negativos. Igualmente, combinaba a menudo negativos, colocándolos juntos en la ampliadora para que las imágenes se superpusieran, irónicamente, para lograr una imagen más natural.Dotaba a los elementos del paisaje de California con su visión muy personal, que trataba de superar la percepción generalizada de que la fotografía es un mero instrumento de descripción. Entre otros logros, su trabajo apareció en tres números de Camera Work, publicado por Alfred Stieglitz hasta 1917
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The Spider’s Web 1908
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The Wondrous Globe 1912
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