17 April 2012

Weekly Perusables: Gathering Light, Richard Ross

Etruscan Tomb, Tarquinia, Italy, 1992

This book is a beautiful meditation on the essence of photography, which is quite literally the gathering of light. From a fluorescent lit warehouse to an ancient Asian temple to Las Vegas, light is the subject matter of these images. In the book’s introduction, David Hickey states, “By taking light itself as the subject of his new photographs, Ross addresses the central irony of photography: the fact that photography, which lives in and by light, can no more look directly at it than ancient believers could look upon the face of God.” 

Gathering Light
Richard Ross
TR654 .R665 2000  

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(blog entry by Jessica Sowls) 

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