Thursday, February 19, 2015

Charles Harbutt, Gelatin Silver Print, 'Milan Woman', 1970

Charles Harbutt, Gelatin Silver Print, 'Milan Woman', 1970
Gelatin silver print
Italy, 1970
Charles Harbutt (b. 1935) - American photojournalist 
'Milan Woman, Fashion Nightclub, Milan'
Signed, titled, and dated in pencil verso 'Milan Woman Fashion Nightclub, Milan, 1970 Charles Harbutt'
Numbered in pencil verso '70-32-4/19'
Image dimensions: 12 x 17 ½ in. (30.5 x 44.5 cm.)
Sheet dimensions: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)
Provocative and slightly sinister, this image by Charles Harbutt shows a woman standing at the center, her face cropped out of the top, displaying her body clad in a silk gown. All around her figures are seated at linen-covered tables, the men staring at her figure so boldly displayed.
Executed in 1970, this gelatin silver print is signed, titled and dated in pencil, verso. The image measures 12 x 17 ½ inches, and the sheet measures 16 x 20 inches. Long, approx. 6 in hard crack in emulsion in bottom left margin of image not affecting image.
Charles Harbutt (American, b. 1935)
For the first twenty years of his photographic life, Charles Harbutt was a photojournalist, working mostly through Magnum Photos (of which he was twice president) for magazines in Europe, Japan and the United States. Since 1980, he has pursued more personal interests in order to recapture the pleasures of photography for its own sake. Charles Harbutt's pictures have been widely collected and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney and at the Beaubourg, the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Maison Europeene de la Photographie in Paris. In 1997, his negatives, master prints and archives were acquired for the collection of the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Ariz. He has had large recent exhibitions at Perpignan (2004), New York (2006) and Manila (2008). He recently participated in group shows at the Vienna Museum, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and the Arles Festival. More