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Highlights of the Collection: Graciela Iturbide, Jaipur, India

Bull Dancing through Birds

Photographer Graciela Iturbide records the surreal and the spiritual in her work.

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Sean Black, Dad: No. 11, House of Photographs

Dad No. 11

Sean Black Dad: No. 11, House of Photographs, 2010 Archival inkjet print on warm-toned baryta coated Inkpress Pro paper, 10 x 10 in. Scripps College, Gift of James H. Black & Patricia Black “Ultimately, the project was about embracing the fragility of life while I silently gathered the courage to say goodbye.”1 Sean Black’s photographic […]

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Dmitri Baltermants, Agfa

Dmitri Baltermants
Agfa, 1945
Gelatin silver print
16  x 20 in.
Gift of Sally Strauss and Andrew E. Tomback
Scripps College, Claremont, CA

Dmitri Baltermants Agfa, 1945 (Printed at a Later Date) Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 in. Scripps College, Gift of Sally Strauss and Andrew E. Tomback In the majority of Baltermants’ photos, viewers are immersed into the Second World War. Though he was born in Poland, Baltermants served under the Soviets, using his skills as […]

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Highlights of the Collection: Hertel, Cats on the Sink

Susan Lautmann Hertel, Cats on the Sink, 1975, Oil on canvas, 40 in. x 62 in., Gift of James Strombotne, Scripps College

Susan Hertel’s work in paintings, mosaic design, and drawings, echoes her deep affinity for animals.

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Leonard Freed, Visitor to the Pompidou

Visitor to the Pompidou

Leonard Freed Visitor to the Pompidou Center looking at art installation, Paris, France, 1977 Gelatin silver print Scripps College, Gift of Sally Strauss and Andrew E. Tomback Though Freed predominantly focused on documenting urban life in New York, his photographic journeys occasionally took him into Europe. This image depicts an excursion to the Pompidou Center […]

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Ansel Adams, “Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine”

Ansel Adams, Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine, California, c. 1944, 14 3/4 x 19 in., gelatin silver print, gift of Virginia Adams, Scripps College

Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine is a testament to Adams’ technique. Adams’ careful attention to natural light while shooting, as well as his work in the dark room, showcases a full spectrum of values and highlights.

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Lena Herzog

V.14 Herzog, Canyon

Lena Herzog’s Long Draw series is a project aimed at restoring the reputation of Friedrich von Egloffstein (1824-1885), a cartographer and artist on the first expedition of the Grand Canyon. Led by Joseph Ives in 1857, the team took a steamboat up the Colorado River to document and map what is now known as the […]

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Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna 
Jardin du Roi, Versailles, c. 1997
Silver Gelatin Photograph
Scripps College, Claremont, CA 
Purchase, Scripps Collectors Circle 2012

This juxtaposition of man-made objects to the natural world displaces the viewer’s focus away from the natural elements to the manmade, ultimately creating a sense of balance. Kenna continues to baffle the viewer through his interesting use of perspective.

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Nancy Macko

Tendrils

Macko came to a new understanding of the life cycle as a continuous process, rather than a series of discrete stages. Macko’s work encourages the viewer to join in this realization—to stop looking at childhood, youth, adulthood, and old age as separate phases, and to instead see the beautiful and surprising ways life’s phases overlap.

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Lions, Billy Goats, Bears, and a Corgi or Two – A Visual Zoo Is Unleashed at the Williamson Gallery

Badger

Badgers, crocodiles, flamingos, sheep and a tortoise, too: The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery has received a veritable zoo of animal images gleaned from the engaging work of the late artist, Beth Van Hoesen.  These delightful prints and watercolors came to Scripps College courtesy of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust. In […]

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