Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Graphic Art & Photography

I have a modest collection of graphic artists whom I can't even remember purchasing - when was it - way back when.

First up the amazing drawings of Heinrich Kley with his women dancing with crocodiles and other weird stuff.

kley_drawings (Small) kley_more (Small)

Will Bradley (1868-1962) was an American Graphic artist who was influenced by the Art Nouveau style and used it in his poster designs for such publications as Harpers Bazaar & the Ladies Home Journal. Very stylish indeed!


The above books were published by Dover who released many of this type of book back in the early 1970s.

Satty is another American graphic artist who specialised in dreamy surreal black and white illustrations who was very popular in - you guessed it - the 1970s.

And Edward Gorey surely needs no introduction. Below is a large format paperback of his first Amphigorey collection containing fifteen tales, including The Unstrung Harp, The Curious Sofa and the Gashlycrumb Tinies.

satty (Small) gorey (Small)

And lastly two photography books...

Julia Margaret Cameron is famous for her photographic portraits of prominent Victorian figures like Alfred Tennyson, Thomas Carlyle, Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell etc.

This is a lovely book with high quality reproductions. The cover shows a portrait of Mrs Herbert Duckworth who was the mother of Virginia Woolf.

The other book of photos, Egypt & The Holy Land in Historic Photographs by Francis Frith, I purchased after becoming obsessed with Edward Whittemore's Jerusalem Quartet. The photos struck me as being within the historical context of Sinai Tapestry - how Jerusalem and Egypt would have looked in the mid 1850s.

photography_cameron (Small) photography_egypt (Small)

As always click the images for a larger version.

1 comment:

butterfly valves said...

Probably considered one of the greatest artists ever...