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Diary / Landscape
Author: James Welling
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 17 December 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 9.0 x 11.0 x 1.91
James Welling's Diary/Landscape is a formative series of 140 black-and-white photographs by this important contemporary artist. For over thirty-five years, James Welling has explored the possibilities of photography as a mediumits material qualities and its conceptual problems. As a professor in the UCLA Department of Art (and visiting professor at Princeton), he has also been an influential teacher. Dating to 1977-86,Diary/Landscape marks the fruition of Welling's earliest experiments with photography. It is also a beautiful and moving photographic document in its own right, a meditation on family history, memory, and place. The series' full title isDiary of Elizabeth and James Dixon (1840-41)/Connecticut Landscapes. It alternates photographs of pages from a diary that Welling's great-great grandparents kept on their honeymoon and haunting New England landscapes and still lives. As James Crump writes in a new catalog of Welling's work, The pressed leaves, flowers, and flora and the impeccable India ink penmanship [of the diary] possess a melancholic edge that Welling intensifies by pairing these images with flinty win...
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