Nathan Lyons: In Pursuit of Magic

Nathan Lyons: In Pursuit of Magic


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Launching his curatorial career at the George Eastman House in 1957, Nathan Lyons (1930–2016) soon made a mark in the museum world and in his workshops for photographers and curators alike. Yet his supporting role in the careers of rising stars such as Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand sometimes eclipsed the public’s awareness of Lyons’s own pioneering photography. Coinciding with a major exhibition at the George Eastman Museum in 2019, Nathan Lyons: In Pursuit of Magic is a long-overdue celebration of Lyons’s astonishing body of work.Featuring more than two hundred and fifty compelling images, accompanied by critical essays, the book charts the distinct phases of Lyons’s career. His early work, exemplified by his exuberant initiatives of the 1960s—the Visual Studies Workshop and the Society for Photographic Education—demonstrated that street photography and formalism are not mutually exclusive, as university photography courses began migrating from journalism to art departments. His final years, which included a shift to color at age eighty, are also explored in depth. A companion to Nathan Lyons: Selected Essays, Lectures, and Interviews, this is the definitive visual sourcebook on a highly influential innovator.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477317877
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 02/15/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 729,602
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lisa Hostetler and Jamie M. AllenRochester, New York Hostetler is Curator in Charge and Allen is Associate Curator of the Department of Photography at the George Eastman Museum.Jessica S. McDonaldAustin, Texas McDonald is Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center and the editor of Nathan Lyons: Selected Essays, Lectures, and Interviews, a companion volume to Nathan Lyons: In Pursuit of Magic.George Eastman MuseumFounded in 1947 and located in Rochester, New York, on the estate of George Eastman, a pioneer of photography and film, the Eastman Museum is the world's oldest photography museums and one of the oldest film archives, with major collections in photography and cinema and their technologies, as well as photography books.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bruce BarnesAcknowledgmentsMoments in a Real World, by Jessica S. McDonaldEarly Works: 1957–1963Notations in Passing: 1963–1973 (published in 1974) Both/And, Not Either/Or: Representation versus Abstraction, by Lisa HostetlerRiding 1st Class on the Titanic!: 1974–1998 (published in 1999)After 9/11: 2001–2002 (published in 2003)Return Your Mind to Its Upright Position: 1999–2009 (published in 2014)In Pursuit of Magic, by Jamie M. AllenDiptychs: 2001–2004Color: 2013–2016 Selected Chronology by Jessica S. McDonaldSelected Bibliography by Jessica S. McDonaldPhotography CreditsAbout the Contributors

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