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HomeContentsThemes > Abstraction of the real


555.01   Abstraction of the real
555.02   Abstraction of the real: Repetition
555.03   Abstraction of the real: Irregularity
555.04   Abstraction of the real: Round
555.05   Abstraction of the real: Colour
555.06   Aaron Siskind: Chicago
555.07   Aaron Siskind: Gloucester
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555.01   Abstract >  Abstraction of the real 
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The everyday is full of abstract forms which we largely ignore. We accept the common-place of a visual environment that is made up of patterns or the lack of patterns and it is the photographer who captures the moments of beauty within . Peter Keetman is best known for the series he took in April 1953 of a Volkwagen factory[1] where machined steel created shapes similar to those in the insect world.  
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One of his photographs of sand caught as it bounces chaotically on a glass incline captures a beauty that transcends the commonplace.  
multiple cameras, flash and stroboscopic photography all capture movement in single photographs or sequences that reveal events that most ignore – a drop of one fluid hitting another, the bounce of a ball, a stream of water from a tap, or the play of light within a room.  
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To Abelardo Morell two forks under water take on an unworldly quality. The objects are commonplace but the vision to take it is far from common.  
Still lifes of glass plates, sugar cubes, roses each take from carefully selected viewpoints reveal inner complexities that most would miss.  
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Lucien Hervé and Beaumont Newall both took photographs looking upwards within urban environments producing similar views. Seemingly simple after all these combinations should be common in any urban environment but few notice the juxtapositions of line and form.  
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The study of forms surrounds us and yet is invisible in plain sight to most of us. 
555.02   Abstract >  Abstraction of the real: Repetition 
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555.03   Abstract >  Abstraction of the real: Irregularity 
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555.04   Abstract >  Abstraction of the real: Round 
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555.05   Abstract >  Abstraction of the real: Colour 
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555.06   Abstract >  Aaron Siskind: Chicago 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
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555.07   Abstract >  Aaron Siskind: Gloucester 
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  1. Λ Peter Keetman, 1993, Volkswagen: A Week at the Factory, (Chronicle Books)


HomeContents > Further research

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General reading 
Dickerman, Leah (ed.) et al., 2013, Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925, (New York: he Museum of Modern Art) isbn-10: 0870708287 isbn-13: 978-0870708282 [Δ
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Florence Henri 
du Pont, Diana C., 1990, Florence Henri: Artist-Photographer of the Avant-Garde, (San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) [Δ
Aaron Siskind 
Chiarenza, Carl, 1982, Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and Terrors, (Boston: Little, Brown and Company) [Δ
Siskind, Aaron, 1989, Road Trip: Photographs 1980–1988, (San Francisco: Friends of Photography) [Δ
Minor White 
Bunnell, Peter, 1989, Minor White: The Eye That Shapes, (Princeton: Princeton University Art Museum) [Δ
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - 

HomeContentsPhotographers > Photographers worth investigating

Carl Chiarenza  (1935-) • Burton Pritzker  (1941-) • Arthur Siegel  (1913-1978) • Aaron Siskind  (1903-1991) • Robert Weingarten  (1941-)
HomeThemesAbstract > Abstraction of the real 
A wider gazeRelated topics 
Experimental and manipulated photography 

HomeContentsOnline exhibitions > Abstraction of the real

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ThumbnailAaron Siskind: The Egan Gallery Years 1947-1954 
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Released (May 22, 2008)
ThumbnailAbstract: Abstraction of the Real 
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Improved (October 22, 2010)
ThumbnailCarl Chiarenza: The Nature of Abstraction 
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Released (August 29, 2007)
ThumbnailStefano Nicolini: Swimming Pool (Piscine) 
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Released (July 14, 2010)

HomeVisual indexes > Abstraction of the real

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ThumbnailDenis Brihat: Abstractions of form 
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ThumbnailFlorence Henri: Compositions 
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ThumbnailGyörgy Kepes: Wheel Spokes and Flame Form 
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ThumbnailHarry Callahan: Abstracts 
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ThumbnailHarry Callahan: Chicago - multiple prints 
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ThumbnailAaron Siskind - Manuel Álvarez Bravo 
ThumbnailHarry Callahan - Lisa M. Robinson 
ThumbnailMargaret Bourke-White - Peter Keetman 
ThumbnailMargaret Bourke-White - René-Jacques - Peter Keetman - Rose-Lynn Fisher 
ThumbnailUnidentified photographer - György Kepes 
ThumbnailWynn Richards - Ruth Bernard - Edward Steichen - Vilma Slomp 
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   Still thinking about these... 
ThumbnailPhotographic test strips 
ThumbnailSugar cubes 
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