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Fred R. ParkerAmerican, 1938-
ClichĂ©-verre print with hand-applied copper colored pencil, Edition of 25, No. 3
Image: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist
Â© Fred R. Parker
Not on view
Fred Parkerâ€™s contributions to the field of photography, particularly in California during the 1960s and 1970s, are considerable. He was the first curator of photography at the Pasadena Museum of Art (1969â€“1974) and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He also served as the first director of the Friends of Photography in Carmel, an organization dedicated to the promotion of creative photography.
Parker is an artist in his own right, with an extensive background in painting, drawing and photography. This suite was produced through a combination of processes: the images, collected from various printed sources, were drawn freehand in pencil on transparent matte acetate, reversing the lights and darks. In the darkroom, he placed the drawing on photographic paper, exposed it to light and developed the print. The areas of light and dark were reversed again so that the resulting print (a clichĂ© verre) was now a positive imageâ€”a photograph made without a camera. Each print was then meticulously overdrawn by hand with copper-colored pencil to give the tactile sense of soft fur.
Parker said of this portfolio: â€śIâ€™m dealing with a visual, verbal and tactile combinationâ€¦ Iâ€™m building upon what I have experiencedâ€”that there are interesting relationships between words and images and feelingsâ€¦where the imagination makes diverse and unexpected connections. Hopefully,
for the viewer, each print offers a multiplicity of personal meaningsâ€”not just mine.â€ť
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