“All photographs are memento mori”*…
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* Susan Sontag
As we check those photos in our wallets, we might spare a thought for Eliot Porter; he died on this date in 1990. An American photographer, he is best known for his color photographs of nature. With encouragement from Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams, Porter turned an adolescent hobby into his profession.
Porter was the first established artist-photographer to commit to exploring the beauty and diversity of the natural world in color photographs. Over much of his career, black-and-white photography set the artistic standard, and he had to fight his colleagues’ prejudices against the medium. But in 1962 the Sierra Club published “In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World.” That immensely popular book, combining his evocative color photographs of New England woods with excerpts from the writings of Henry David Thoreau, revolutionized photographic book publishing, and legitimized color. Its success set Porter on a lifelong path of creating similar photographic portraits of a wide variety of ecologically significant locations the world over.