Woman With Beads, 1948
Here is a photographer of historic note:
“In exploring the various photographic processes themselves, and here lies infinite possibility to control, to liberate, to create visual sensation. Drawing with light, solarization, photograms or other direct impressions on positive or negative material, etc. Indeed with the exploring of these means, photography achieves an independent existence with no need of material from without, providing in itself an endless source of inspiration.”
– Herbert Matter, Arts & Architecture Magazine, 1944
Born in Engleberg, Switzerland in 1907, Herbert Matter studied painting before moving to Paris where he studied with Fernand Léger, who became a lifelong friend. Matter worked in both Paris and Switzerland as a graphic designer before travelling to the United States in 1935 to photograph a dance troupe where he eventually settled in New york City. Working as a freelance photographers, his work was featured on magazine covers and he began meeting and befriending other local artists such as Alexander Calder, Arthur B. Charles, John Cage, and more. He worked as a design and advertising consultant before working at Yale as a professor of photography and graphic design. He received numerous awards: a Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography in 1980, the Honorary Royal Designer for Industry in England in 1982, and a gold medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1983. Stanford University acquired the Herbert Matter archive in 2005.
January 22 – March 22, 2014
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