Dana E. Byrd
Dana E. Byrd is assistant professor of art history at Bowdoin College.
Byrd, Dana E.
Byrd, Dana E.
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Description: Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting
The famed American artist Winslow Homer came of age amid the expansive visual world of the late nineteenth century, working across media to produce drawings, paintings, prints, and watercolors for consumption in the art market. To great success, the relationship between these works—from...
PublisherBowdoin College Museum of Art
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.103-140
Description: Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting
One of the greatest American painters of the 19th century, Winslow Homer (1836–1910) also maintained a deep engagement with photography throughout his career. Focusing on the important, yet often-overlooked, role that photography played in Homer’s art, this volume exposes Homer’s own experiments with the camera (he first bought one in 1882). It also explores how the medium of photography and the larger visual economy influenced his work as a painter, watercolorist, and printmaker at a moment when new print technologies inundated the public with images. Frank Goodyear and Dana Byrd demonstrate that photography offered Homer new ways of seeing and representing the world, from his early commercial engravings sourced from contemporary photographs to the complex relationship between his late-career paintings of life in the Bahamas, Florida, and Cuba and the emergent trend of tourist photography. The authors argue that Homer’s understanding of the camera’s ability to create an image that is simultaneously accurate and capable of deception was vitally important to his artistic practice in all media. Richly illustrated and full of exciting new discoveries, Winslow Homer and the Camera is a long-overdue examination of the ways in which photography shaped the vision of one of America’s most original painters.

Please note: the illustration program in this eBook has been changed slightly from the original print edition.

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Print publication date July 2018 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300214550
EISBN 9780300259766
Illustrations 125
Print Status in print