A Life in Photography
134 pages, 13.00 x 10.00 , 10 plates, 2 duotones, 81 b&w figures
Hardcover | 9780268028527 | December 1998
- Press Kit
- Author Bio
The ninety-three images in Fritz Kaeser: A Life in Photography illustrate the notable fifty-year career of photographer Fritz Kaeser. After World War II, Kaeser studied briefly with Ansel Adams, whose influence is notably evident in Kaeser's remarkable photographs of the American Southwest and the Rocky Mountains.
Kaeser's photographs of the 1940s through the 1960s are wonderfully diverse, ranging from clear, brilliant landscape views of the mountains and high deserts to close-up studies of rocks and plant forms. The volume includes a series of portraits of Georgia O'Keeffe, several of which are published here for the first time.
Late in his career, Kaeser produced totally abstract images and studio shots of bones and skulls, inspired by his readings in religion that included the poems of the Catholic monk, Thomas Merton. Kaeser used photography as a way of searching for the elusive patterns that underlie reality, what Merton called, "a hidden wholeness."
Fritz Kaeser: A Life in Photography is published in conjunction with the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. The volume includes an essay written by Stephen Roger Moriarty, curator of photography, and an introduction by Dean Porter, museum director. The photographs were part of an exhibition at the Snite in January 1999.
Stephen Roger Moriarty is the Curator of Photography at the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame. A holder of degrees in theology and fine arts, he also teaches the history of photography. Since 1985 he has been documenting the civil war and the post-war period in El Salvador. He lives in South Bend, Indiana with his wife and three children.
“Over the course of more than 50 years as a working photographer, Fritz Kaeser assisted William Mortensen, studied with Ansel Adams, and befriended Frederick Sommer, and his work, presented handsomly in this retrospective, reflects those influences.” —The Photo Review
“Kaeser’s work seems to display the influence of Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Minor White, and other better-known artists. . .” —Choice