Due to its popularity, this previously sold-out book is now available in second edition. Co-published by the Nevada Museum of Art and Rizzoli Electa this heavily illustrated book is a must have for lovers of photography, nature, and the High Sierra.The 400-page volume (previously sold as part of a box set) comprehensively chronicles the life of Anne Brigman (1869-1950), one of the most important of all American women photographers.
Photographer, poet, critic, and mountaineer, Brigman’s significance spanned both coasts of the United States. In Northern California, where she lived, she was known as a poet, a critic, a proponent of the Arts & Crafts philosophy, and a member of the Pictorialist photography movement. On the East Coast, her work was promoted by Alfred Stieglitz, who elected her as a fellow of the prestigious Photo-Secession.
In addition to 80 full-size photographic plates and poetry excerpts, the book also includes a special archive component with transcriptions of Brigman’s writings, correspondence with Alfred Stieglitz, early works, linoleum-block prints, and Brigman’s never-before-seen negatives that were recently digitized. The book also places Brigman’s work into a broader contemporary context as it relates to women and nude self-portraiture through the present day.
The book is written and edited by Ann M. Wolfe, with contributions from art historians and scholars who have long been dedicated to Brigman’s life and work. They include: Ann M. Wolfe (Senior Curator and Deputy Director at the Nevada Museum of Art), Susan Ehrens (art historian and independent curator); Alexander Nemerov (Department Chair and Carl & Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University); Kathleen Pyne (Professor Emerita of Art History at University of Notre Dame); Heather Waldroup (Associate Director of the Honors College and Professor of Art History at Appalachian State University).
The book is designed by Los Angeles-based Brad Bartlett, two-time winner of the Frances Smyth-Ravenal Prize for Excellence in Publication Design, a grand prize awarded by the American Alliance of Museums for the best publication designed by an art museum in the United States.