The Photographs of Ralston Crawford

Keith F. Davis

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January 22, 2019
204 pages, 11 x 11
18 color + 148 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300241365
Hardcover

Distributed for The Hall Family Foundation in association with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Best known for his modernist paintings and prints, the multitalented artist Ralston Crawford (1906–1978) maintained a deep and intensive interest in photography throughout his career, using the camera as a tool of both documentary and artistic expression. This exquisitely produced publication provides a fresh, comprehensive look at Crawford’s photographs from 1938 through the mid-1970s, including both well-known works and previously unpublished images. Some of his photographic images served as the basis for paintings and prints, but many more were made for their own sake as photographs, capturing a wide variety of subjects, from pristine industrial forms to the vibrant street life and musical culture of New Orleans. This volume locates Crawford’s photographic production in the context of his overall artistic career and within the creative currents of his time, enhancing our understanding of Crawford as an artist and serving as the best and most up-to-date study of his photographs. 
 

Keith F. Davis is senior curator of photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
(10/26/18–04/07/19)

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