Ben Marcus, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

Listing No: 8333

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
8333
Artist:
Myron Wood (1921-1999)
Title:
Ben Marcus, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico
Date of Work:
1965
Signature:
Signed in pencil on mount at low right below print.
Where Produced:
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Presentation:
Mounted to Paper Support

Artwork Medium

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

Artwork Size & Weight

Primary:
9.25 x 7 in. (Sight Size)
Outer Dimensions:
Size Notes:
This photograph was dry mounted by the Artist's assistant on an acid-free, 4-ply conservation board measuring 17x14 inches.

Artwork Surface

Texture:
Flat
Surface Reflectivity:
Even - Semi Gloss

Artwork Condition

Condition:
Excellent condition.

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

This image was published in “Hollering Sun / By Nancy Wood, Photographs by Myron Wood”, Simon and Schuster, 1972. It also adorns the entire back panel of the dust jacket.

"The Old Man called to his sons, called them,
Eagle Dances and Elk Talk, Deer Chief and Antelope Water.
Corn Appears and Flower-go-Pluck, For Her Flower Dances
and For Her Lake Dances.
The Old man said to them, consider the sun
Which travels every day and does not tire.
We should be like the sun.
We should not tire.
We should not complain.
We should not give up simply because it is dark."
(from "Hollering Sun", Simon and Schuster, 1972)

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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