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A Passion for Birds: Eliot Porter's Photography 
 
  
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Paperback 
62 pages 
Amon Carter Museum 
Published 1997 
  
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Captivated by birds from a young age, nature photographer Eliot Porter (1901-1990) created hundreds of photographic portraits of American bird species. He became a pioneer of color photography in order to more clearly differentiate species, focusing particularly on songbirds. Generally working with large-format cameras and short focal length lenses, he used innovative means, including huge tripods and scaffolds, and flash techniques to capture close-ups of birds around their nests. Balancing his efforts between scientific study and amateur appreciation, Porter, like the great bird artist John James Audubon, wanted to create the most alluring, animated portraits possible. However, he also sought to improve the standards of bird photography by showing how carefully composed, fully focused images could provide more pleasing, even compelling visions.  
  
 
  
Excerpted from A Passion for Birds : Eliot Porter's Photography by John B. Rohrbach, Eliot Porter, W. Powell Cottrille and Amon Carter mu. Copyright 1997. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved 
  
"Eliot Porter photographed birds with a scientist's mind and an artist's passion. Porter the scientist provided the intellectual rationale; he often claimed that he had been drawn to this demanding yet colorful subject to improve the quality of ornithological photography. That goal he amply met: he perfected an elaborate lighting system, which for the first time allowed stop action photography within darkened forest depths; he taught himself how to make color photographs decades before the... read more  
  
 
  
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Eighteen color and eight black and white photographs illustrate this 62 page book about the innovative photographer's, Eliot Porter (1901-1990), bird photography.
 
  
 
  

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