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Larry Colwell

American, 1911–1972

Plaster Wall, Folsom, California, Vintage silver print, 1956.
Plaster Wall, Folsom, California, Vintage silver print, 1956.
ReturnPlaster Wall, Folsom, California

Inventory number: 2347

Title: Plaster Wall, Folsom, California

Date: 1956

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 9⅜ in (23.8 cm) high by 7½ in (19.1 cm) wide

Description: Signed and dated in pencil on mount; signed and titled in pencil on reverse of mount.

Exhibitions: Perceptions: Bay Area Photography, 1945-1960. Los Angles Valley College, Valley Glen, CA, February-March, 2006.

Price: $2,500


ReturnLarry Colwell

Born in Detroit, Larry Colwell began making photographs in 1938 and studied photography at the Art Center School and the Choinard School of Art in Los Angeles from 1939 to 1941. Upon graduating from the Art Center School, Colwell moved to New York and established a successful studio specializing in advertising photography. His photographs appeared regularly in such publications as Time, Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, U.S. Camera, American Photography, Camera (Switzerland) and Aperture. He  joined the Photo League, and his work appeared in League exhibitions and publications. In 1950, he moved to Monterey, California, where he met such influential photographers as Edward and Brett Weston, Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Imogen Cunningham, and Ruth Bernhard. Colwell taught creative photography at the Jacksonville Art Museum from 1964 to 1968, then served as instructor of photography at the Silvermine College of Art in New Canaan, Connecticut, until 1971.

Selected Exhibitions: This Is the Photo League, Photo League Gallery, New York, 1948–1949; Perceptions, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1954; Photography at Mid-Century: 10th Anniversary Exhibition, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Photographs by Larry Colwell, Cummer Gallery of Jacksonville (Florida), 1968; Vision and Expression, George Eastman House, 1969.

Selected Collections: Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; Hallmark Photographic Collection, Kansas City, MO; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; New York Public Library; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Selected Publications: Nancy Newhall, This Is the Photo League, 1949; Dody Warren, “Perceptions,” Aperture Vol. 2, No. 4, 1954; Photography at Mid-Century: 10th Anniversary Exhibition, George Eastman House, 1960; Photographs by Larry Colwell, Cummer Gallery of Art, 1965; Nathan Lyons, editor, Vision and Expression, 1969; Keith F. Davis, An American Century of Photography From Dry-Plate to Digital: The Hallmark Photographic Collection, Second Edition, 1999.


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