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University of Texas Press
From an ordinary East Texas town, Keith Carter has been pulling magic through his camera for a quarter-century. Commonplace subjects--especially children and animals--take on numinous presence in his pictures. "I believe in wonder," he writes. "I look for it in my life every day; I find it in the most ordinary things." His technique is simple; at its most exotic, in his latest photographs, focus is deliberately limited to a small band, with everything else in the image left soft and blurry. But these pictures, basically straightforward shots made with a square-format camera, derive their most important quality not from technique but from an innocent recognition of magical moments. This book of photographs from four previous books and newly published work attests that, although his subjects all come from within a certain geographic region, Carter is no regionalist limited to the folkways and myths of a place. His pictures exert a sensual appeal that is universal. Like all the very best photographers, he captures something new and fresh in common experience. Gretchen Garner
Brings together 75 b&w photographs representing the work of an internationally recognized photographer over the past 25 years. Some of the images have never been published before. An introduction traces the development of his work and maps his affinities with other artists and writers who are strong
Keith Carter's photographs linger in the mind like images from an almost remembered dream. Evocative and haunting, they capture what Carter calls the "little askew moments" that allow viewers to see beyond the surface reality. This book brings together seventy-five photographs chosen by Carter to represent the range of his work since the 1970s. Many of the images in this book have never been published before, while others come from Carter's previous books. A. D. Coleman's introduction traces the development of Carter's work and maps his affinities with other artists and writers who are strongly influenced by the sense of place. In his own words, Keith Carter describes his maturation as a self-taught photographer in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas. He provides insights into his choice of subject matter, his methods of working, and his philosophy of what art should be and do. For the many people who have already discovered Keith Carter's photography, this book offers a visually compelling summation of his career to date. Those who have not yet had that pleasure will find it here.