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Transcript of Barbara Morgan
She received the American Society of Magazine Photographers Lifetime Achievement Award (1988)
Even though Barbara was familiar with photography, she never realized that photographs could move beyond realistic records to “essential symbols” until she met the then-unknown Edward Weston and was inspired by his work
She was a co-founder of the photography magazine, Aperture. Presented by Autumn Steed Barbara Morgan Barbara Morgan:
Everything is Dancing Martha Graham, Letter to the World, "Kick" Historical Relevance She was an American photographer best known for her depictions of modern dancers. Acomplishments She was a co-founder of the photography magazine Aperture.
Lifetime Achievement Award of American Society of Magazine Photographers
In 1978, she received honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Marquette University, Milwaukee.
Received grant from National Endowment for the Arts.
Published book, Martha Graham: Sixteen Dances in Photographs.
Awarded American Institute of Graphic Arts Trade Book Clinic Award. Barbara Morgan 1919- Student at University of California until 1923, majoring in art. 1923- Taught art in San Fernando High School, San Fernando, California Martha Graham, "Satyric Festive Song," 1935 Bibliography "Barbara Morgan." Museum of Contemporary Photography. Colombia College, n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2012. <http://archive.mocp.org/collections/permanent/morgan_barbara.php>. Biographies Photographs "Barbara Morgan Photographs of Martha Graham." AbcNEWS. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2012. <http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/slideshow/photographer-barbara-morgans-images-dancer-martha-graham-13579314>. "Barbara Morgan (photographer)." Wikipedia.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2012.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Morgan_(photographer) "Barbara Morgan (photographer)." Wikipedia.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2012.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Morgan_(photographer) 1930- Moved to New York City and Traveled for Willard's Morgan's Leica Lectures. For study, she photographed Barnes Foundation art collection in Merion, Pennsylvania. 1967- Death of husband, Willard D. Morgan 1977- Created Barbara Morgan Dance Portfolio Barbara Morgan had been taking photos throughout World War I, World War II, and even the Great Depression! She has made herself known as a major figure in the history of photography throughout the years. -She had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Robert Mann Gallery and at the Museum of Art, Williams College. -Many of her works have been sold at auction, including ''LETTER TO THE WORLD'' sold at Sotheby's New York in 2000 for $51,350. -Died on August 17, 1992 (aged 92) in
North Tarrytown, New York -Born on July 8, 1900 in Buffalo, Kansas I chose Barbara Morgan to be the photographer that I researched, because she was a dance photographer, and I am a dancer! She has very unique and modern dance pictures that I really like, as well as her creative light ones! Techniques:
strobe photography Cameras:
newly manufactured small-format Leica camera
4x5 camera "Bennington College,"
1938 "Lamentation," 1935 "Frontier," 1935
This is a picture of the famous Martha Graham dancing a piece of modern work. "Emanations,"
This is a light drawing done by Barbara Morgan. The strokes of light almost make it look like a painting. "American Document," 1938 "Bennington College,"
1938 "Bennington College,"
This is another picture of Martha Graham posing on a hill in front of white, puffy clouds. "Barbara Morgan,"
Undated This is a self portrait of Barbara Morgan. She is holding her very old camera, and looks happy while posing with it. This is a photo of Martha Graham in 1986. She is the subject and main focus of this picture and is dressed in a long white gown while moving her long arms and legs in a graceful fashion. The circular skirt twirls around her while she is extending her limbs and kicking. Since this is a black and white picture, there is much contrast between the very bright, white dress and the dull, black backdrop in the background. The formal element of space is expressed in this picture because she is reaching to almost every corner and filling the frame as well as the line, shown in her dress and arms. Based on her facial expression, it makes me feel like there is something out there that she can almost "reach" but not fully grasp it in her hands like a solution to a problem or a memory, for example. There doesn't seem to be a back story to this picture other than that Martha was a word-famous dancer/ choreographer. I chose this image of Martha because I can relate to her dancing and I love the long lines of her arms and her extreme extended movements and poses.