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Eliot Porter (American, 1901-1990)

Eliot Porter began to photograph as a boy on Great Spruce Head Island, Maine. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1929, where he taught and did biochemical research. Encouraged by Adams and Stieglitz, he began using a large format camera and exhibited his work at Delphic Studio (1936) and An American Place (1938-1939). Porter began making dye transfer prints in 1940 and had an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe. He exhibited "Birds in Color" at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943. A scientist, naturalist, and artist, Porter's formal constructions are elegantly composed; his close-ups and attention to color often render his work abstract.
- Jill Alikas St. Thomas

Newhall, Beaumont. The History of Photography. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1982.

Porter, Eliot. Introduction by Sandweiss, Martha A. Eliot Porter Photographs and Text. New York: Little, Brown and Company, in association with the Amon Carter Museum, 1987.

Yates, Steve. Eliot Porter. Santa Fe: Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, 1983.


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