New Masterworks on Display: Wright Morris and Friends

Even fans of classical photography are often unfamiliar with the work of Wright Morris (1910-1998). He's slightly more famous as a novelist and essayist than he is as a photographer; wikipedia describes him as "known for his portrayals of the people and artifacts of the Great Plains in words and pictures, as well as for experimenting with narrative forms." I've always liked his simple and still formal compositions, and the textures he captures. He also was a San Francisco local, having retired from teaching at SF State College in 1975 and living the last decades of his life in Mill Valley.

Wright Morris, House in Winter, Lincoln Nebraska, 1947

George Tice, Country Road, Lancaster PA, 1961

It seemed appropriate to accompany the Wright Morris work with a few pieces by Marion Post Wolcott (1910-1990) and George Tice (b.1938). Wolcott was a contemporary of Morris' and she is also not as well known as she should be—her work often showed small towns and daily life during the Depression; Tice is a working photographer (in his 80s now) and master printer, but his images have a simple elegance that I find nicely juxtaposed to these earlier artists.

On display now at Neomodern are works by Wolcott, Tice, Yavno, Guttman, and Canner.