Thought Pieces: The 1970s Photographs of Lew Thomas, Hal Fischer and Donna-Lee Philips

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Erin O’Toole (ed.)
Mack, 2020
ISBN 978-1-912339-63-1
23 x 30.5 cm, 216 pp
37 €

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A principios de la década de 1970, Lew Thomas se propuso revolucionar la fotografía en San Francisco. Cansado del pensamiento místico y el emocional que había subrayado la fotografía del Área de la Bahía desde la década de 1940, Thomas siguió una práctica fotográfica basada en ideas extraídas del arte conceptual y la filosofía estructuralista.
Una grupo de fotógrafos entre los que estaban Donna-Lee Phillips y Hal Fischer, se unieron a Lew Thomas en lo que se conoció como el movimiento ‘Fotografía y lenguaje’, que lleva el nombre de un libro y una exposición colectiva del mismo título producidos por Thomas en 1976.
Thomas, Phillips y Fischer fueron todos extremadamente activos desde mediados hasta fines de la década de 1970. Además de hacer sus propias obras de arte, publicaron ensayos, reseñaron espectáculos y organizaron exposiciones. Bajo el nombre de NFS Press, Thomas publicó una serie de libros diseñados por Phillips, incluidos Structural (ism) and Photography (1978), que presentaban el trabajo de Thomas; Eros and Photography (1977), que fue editado por Phillips, y dos libros de la obra de Fischer: Gay Semiotics (1978) y 18th Near Castro Street x 24 (1979).
Publicado junto con una exposición con fotografías de estos tres artistas que se exhibirán en el Museo de Arte Moderno de San Francisco del 4 de enero al 9 de agosto de 2020, este volumen evalúa su trabajo, su relación entre ellos y su lugar en la historia. de la fotografía en la década de 1970. “As a document of a close-knit artistic circle establishing a visual language of their own—one that continues to read as fresh, engaging and intellectually gratifying—Thought Pieces proves even a three-person community can push artistic production into new realms.” – KQED

«This nostalgic book reunites their work for the first time in decades, offering an opportunity to reassess their legacy in the Bay Area, and more importantly, their place in the larger history of photography.” – The LOVE Magazine

«Thought Pieces looks at [Hal Fischer, Lew Thomas and Donna-Lee Phillips’] groundbreaking, and often collaborative, work.” – AnOther Magazine

In the early 1970s, Lew Thomas set out to disrupt photography in San Francisco. Tired of the mystical thinking and emotionalism that had underscored Bay Area photography since the 1940s, Thomas pursued a photographic practice grounded in ideas gleaned from conceptual art and Structuralist philosophy. A cohort of other photographers, including Donna-Lee Phillips and Hal Fischer, embraced Thomas’ mission, joining him in what became known as the ‘Photography and Language’ movement, named after a book and group exhibition of the same title produced by Thomas in 1976.
Thomas, Phillips and Fischer were all extremely active in the mid to late 1970s. In addition to making their own artwork, they published essays, reviewed shows and organized exhibitions. Under the name NFS Press, Thomas published a number of books designed by Phillips, including Structural(ism) and Photography (1978), which featured Thomas’ work; Eros and Photography (1977), which was edited by Phillips, and two books of Fischer’s work: Gay Semiotics (1978) and 18th Near Castro Street x 24 (1979).
Published in conjunction with an exhibition featuring photographs by these three artists that will be on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art January 4 – August 9, 2020, this volume assesses their work, their relationship to one another and their place in the history of photography in the 1970s.