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Zoe Brown

Halloween Beards, Vintage silver print, 1952.
Halloween Beards, Vintage silver print, 1952.
  • Halloween Beards, Vintage silver print, 1952.
  • School Girl, Rescue, California, Vintage silver print, 1954.
ReturnHalloween Beards

Inventory number: 4742

Title: Halloween Beards

Date: 1952

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 9 in (22.9 cm) high by 13⅜ in (34 cm) wide

Description: Signed, titled, dated and annotated “Berkeley” in pencil, with photographer’s name and address in ink, on reverse of flush mount.

Price: $3,000


ReturnSchool Girl, Rescue, California

Inventory number: 5071

Title: School Girl, Rescue, California

Date: 1954

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 10½ in (26.7 cm) high by 13½ in (34.3 cm) wide

Description: Signed and dated in ink on reverse of the print.

Illustrated: Modern Photography, April 1955.

Price: $3,000


ReturnZoe Brown

So zealous was Zoe Brown’s dedication to photography that she recounts raising money to buy her first good camera by selling a pint of blood. After her studies at the California School of Fine Arts, she served as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and worked for Wayne Miller during his collaboration with Edward Steichen on The Family of Man exhibition. Brown’s work encompasses a range of styles from documentary photo essays to visual expressions of form and light to symbolic imagery. She explains that her “eye was caught by the puzzling, the ambiguous, by odd juxtapositions” leading to photographs “encountered, not arranged.” Minor White characterized her photography “as an example of the perceptive eye unearthing and recording a psychological truth, or a truth of a state of mind.”

Selected Exhibitions: Perceptions, San Francisco Museum of Art (now San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), August–September 1954.

Selected Publications:Aperture Vol. 2, No.1, 1953, pp.15, 18, 19, 26. Dody Warren, “Perceptions,” Aperture Vol. 2, No. 4, 1954; U. S. Camera, August, 1954, p. 57; Modern Photography, April, 1955, p. 18; Stephanie Comer & Deborah Klochko, The Moment of Seeing: Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2006.


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