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© Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation

Frederick Sommer
American, 1965
Gelatin silver print
13 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.
94.XM.37.12

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Sommer photographed statuary during a summer trip to Europe in 1960. He strayed from his usual sharply focused pictures by jarring the camera during exposure, imparting a sense of lightness and movement to the stone. Upon his return to Arizona, he began working with living models. These studies, made with a still camera, are also blurred, but here the obliterated detail and deep shadows make the human body seem like sculpted stone.