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Realist (The) [Hardback Edition]

Sarah Coleman

Realist (The) [Hardback Edition]

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ISBN 9781781327302

Published Dec 2017

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229 x 152mm (354 pages)

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The Realist

The Realist

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A week later, she does a second sitting for Man Ray. “Elbows on the table, chin in your hands,” he directs. “Don’t curl the fingers. Hold them around your cheeks.” Taking direction from him makes her feel like a child, but, trusting him, she cedes to his authority. When she sat for him a couple of months ago, he showed her his photographs, which bore no resemblance to the stiff portraits she thought of when she heard the word ‘photography.’ Taken from unexpected angles, with dramatic lighting and strange props, these portraits were different—looser, more mysterious. They put her in mind of that odd portrait of Alice Lidell she’d seen in Chillicothe all those years ago, and couldn’t forget. She saw that photography could be a kind of sculpture, too, where the artist sculpted with light.

Cleveland, 1910: For a poor girl whose father has abandoned her, the prospect of becoming an artist is almost non-existent. But Bernice Abbott is resourceful and will happily challenge convention in order to succeed.

Setting out to fulfill her dream, she embarks on a journey that will take her from bohemian Greenwich Village to the giddy cafés of 1920s Paris to a New York rising from the ashes of the Great Depression. On the way, illness and a tragic romance test her mettle, but a lucky coincidence leads her to the emerging art form of photography.

Transforming herself from ‘dull’ Bernice to cosmopolitan Berenice, she sets the tone for life as a portrait photographer in the Paris of Hemingway and Picasso, and prepares to take on the men who are threatened by her vision and strength.

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