Santa Barbara Pictorial, Fred R. Archer
"High and Dry/ Santa Barbara." 10 3/8" x 10 ½" brown gelatin-silver print on original board mount, titled and signed on mount, recto. M.G.M. Camera Club exhibition stamp on verso.
Great range of tones from the deep dark brown of the ends of the logs to the white side of the boat and the even more blinding white of the front of the boat.
Aside from his pictorialist work, Archer was a technical master. His work on exposure led Ansel Adams to collaborate with him in the development of the Zone system. He worked in the film industry, became head of the photography department at what is now the Pasadena College of Art and Design, and later had his own school of photography in Los Angeles. See Peterson, "After the Photo Secession." [4-] $1400
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