The Lane Collection, begun in the 1960s, was long renowned as one of the world's most remarkable private collections of fine photography. Given to the MFA in the spring of 2012, it shines not only for its wealth of top-quality prints by the great modernist triumvirate of Edward Weston, Charles Sheeler, and Ansel Adams, but also for its breadth, from the historically significant to the cutting edge. Karen E. Haas presents the history of the Lane Collection, the passion and vision of William and Saundra Lane, and in-depth discussions of each individual work, and Lyle Rexer trains an acute eye on images from the collection, taking them as springboards for both historical and aesthetic developments in fine photography. But it is the images themselves—mysterious, moving, arresting—that make this such a noteworthy publication.
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215 pages. 130 illustrations
About the Author
Karen E. Haas
Lane Curator of Photography
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Critic, curator, and author of The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography
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Since Ansel Adams emerged as this country’s first photographic “superstar” in the late 1960s, his sharp, monumentally composed...