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Linda Connor

1944 | New York, United States
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American photographer.

Linda Connor is best known as a landscape photographer who creates exotic and spiritual pictures in beautifully detailed black and white. In addition to working as a renowned photojournalist, she has produced photographic essays about astronomy for the Lick Observatory, California, and began teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1969. During her studies under Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, then under Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design in Chicago (1969), she travelled to India, Mexico, Thailand, Peru, Nepal, Egypt, Hawaii, and the southern states. She photographed people and landscapes, taking a particular interest in ruins, megaliths, and caves, specifically sacred places such as temples, cathedrals, Buddhist sculptures, and pyramids. While travelling through India and Nepal in 1979–1980, she became fascinated with the poverty, spirituality, and fusion between man and nature that she encountered there. After 1978, she photographed American caves as visual manifestations of the sacred. The artist is also known for her almost surreal pictures of Machu Picchu (Inca citadel in Peru, 1984) and her close-ups of trees (Tree Decorated with Ceremonial Cloth, 1991).

Because she works with a large chamber and glass plates, the edges of her photographs are faded and the tones dimmed, as if seen through a filter. Her tool of choice is often an old 8 x 10 inch camera with a soft focus. She develops her works herself in her garden, using natural light, a process that makes them aesthetically akin to 19th-century pictorialist photography. In the artist’s own words, she seeks to “explore the cultural boundaries between nature and the sacred”. Her choice to stay on the fringe of modernity in terms of documentary and technical style, her sense of the spectacular, and her enthusiasm for a diversity of cultures, make her a successor to historic American landscape photographers Frederick Sommer and Robert Adams.

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Anne Reverseau

Translated from French by Lucy Pons.

From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
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Linda Connor — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Linda Connor, Design Petroglyph, Wapatki, 1989, gelatin silver print, 20.3 x 25.4 cm, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © Linda Connor

Linda Connor — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Linda Connor, Dots and Hands, Fourteen Window Ruin, Bluff, Utah, 1987, gelatin silver print, 20.3 x 25.4 cm, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © Linda Connor

Linda Connor — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Linda Connor, Lightning, Nevada, 1976, gelatin silver print, 20.3 x 25.4cm, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © Linda Connor

Linda Connor — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Linda Connor, Monk’s Residence, Zanskar, India, 1985, gelatin silver print, 19.53 x 24.45 cm, Minneapolis Institut of Art, © Linda Connor

Linda Connor — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Linda Connor, Open Wall, Christian Chapel, Cappadocia, Turkey, 1992, gelatin silver print, 24.45 x 19.53 cm, Minneapolis Institut of Art, © Linda Connor

Linda Connor — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Linda Connor, Pre-historic Maze, Colorado River, California, 1986, gelatin silver print, 20.3 x 25.4 cm, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © Linda Connor

Linda Connor — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Linda Connor, Seven Sacred Pools, Maui, Hawaii, 1978, gelatin silver print, 24.45 x 19.37 cm, Minneapolis Institute of Art, © Linda Connor

Linda Connor — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Linda Connor, Sloe-Eyed Girl, Egypt, 1989, gelation silver print, 19.53 x 24.45 cm, Minneapolis Institut of Art, © Linda Connor

Linda Connor — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Linda Connor, Untitled, 1975, gelatin silver print, 18.89 x 24.61 cm, Minneapolis Institut of Art, © Linda Connor

Linda Connor — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Linda Connor, Untitled, 1976, gold-toned p.o.p. print, 20.3 x 25.2 cm, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © Linda Connor

Linda Connor — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Linda Connor, Untitled, 1978, gelatin silver print, 19.53 x 24.29 cm, Minneapolis Institut of Art, © Linda Connor

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