Bell Ringer, Mexico, 1961

Listing No: 7331

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
7331
Artist:
Myron Wood (1921-1999)
Title:
Bell Ringer, Mexico, 1961
Date of Work:
1961
Signature:
Signed in pencil on verso.
Where Produced:
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Presentation:
Unmatted

Artwork Medium

Type:
Photography
Sub Type:
B&W
Medium:
Gelatin Silver
Support:
on Photo Paper
Medium Notes:
Notation on verso indicates this was printed by Myron Wood.

Artwork Size & Weight

Primary:
9.5 x 6.25 in. (Sight Size)
Outer Dimensions:
Size Notes:
This is a loose, unmounted photograph.

Artwork Surface

Texture:
Flat
Surface Reflectivity:
Even - Semi Gloss

Artwork Condition

Condition:
Very Good Condition. There is slight rippling of the print along the bottom edge.

Artwork Provenance

Collection:
Andy and Beckie Reisberg
Provenance:
Acquired directly from Myron Wood in his home in Colorado Springs, CO. The Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs Colorado, now owns the complete Myron Wood Archives, including personal papers, vintage prints, negatives and all copyrights.

About this Piece

The exact location of this church is unknown, though Myron Wood spent the 1960's traveling Northwest and Central Mexico, particularly Guaymas and Guanajuato in the state of Sonora.

In 1991, Myron Wood selected 1000 prints from his life work for his personal use, and the remaining collection of his prints, negatives, and papers were to be donated upon his death to the Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, CO. The stamp on verso of print reads 'MW631', indicating that this was Myron Wood's 631st selection.

About the Artist

Born in Wilson, Oklahoma, Myron Wood abandoned a career as a classical pianist in 1946, attended The Progressive School of Photography in New Haven, CT for two years and then moved to Colorado Springs, CO. He spent the remaining 53 years of his life in Colorado as an independent photographer.

Known for his lyrical interpretations of the cultures and landscapes of the Southwest, diverse geographic subjects and Weston-inspired straight photography recur throughout the history of his work.


ARTIST STATEMENT

“Writers taught me how to see. Painters and photographers didn’t teach me how to see. Writers taught me how to observe. Bach taught me how to think through his music. Every time you think you know what he’s going to do next, he does something brilliant and unbelievable. It’s a constant working on a theme, which he expands and uses. Pure genius. I learned about design from painters, musicians and writers.

So, I became a photographer after an early life as a musician and found to my surprise that I hadn’t wasted a minute. The same words are used – tone, line, ensemble, balance – and all the things I thought about and used in music were, across the board, related to photography. I also discovered becoming well equipped in a number of art forms is very important. It allows you to more easily move in your own art form.” Myron Wood, 1993

from an interview with Journeys Magazine, Colorado Springs, CO, Fall 1993

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