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Eliot Porter

Eliot Porter`s (American, 1901–1990) rich and detailed color photographs elevated the medium of landscape photography to a fine art. Trained as a chemical engineer and a medical doctor at Harvard University, Porter rose to fame as a photographer after Alfred Stieglitz exhibited Porter`s work at An American Place Gallery in New York in 1939. Porter was unique to his time, working with color film while his contemporaries worked solely in black and white. In 1962, he stated his belief that color photographs offered "a new dimension in the perception and representation of nature in photography." Porter and the Sierra Club published the now famous "In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World", which played an important role in the conservation movement of the 1960s. Porter`s work is collected by museums worldwide and, in 1990, Porter bequeathed his entire archive to the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

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