Trajectories: A Half Century of Portraits by Martha Casanave (F295 alum) is a wonderful collection of portraits from over 50 years of her work. Published by Image Continuum Press in 2013, the 183 page, 12.5 x 12.875″ hard bound book is a delicious collection of images that include many immediately recognized and famous persons including: Ansel Adams, Leo Castelli, Arnold Newman, John Szarkowski and many others. In addition to her well known subjects, Casanave also offers delightful portraits of many other compelling persons. I particularly enjoyed several of the images that re-collect the same subjects, in near similar positions and poses, over a period of years.
Casanave offers the books introduction that is pre-ambled by a quote that summarizes the impetus for this collection:
Every life has a trajectory. But only in retrospect. In a sense, there is no future, only the past and the present. At my age, my life has acquired a discernible trajectory (though it could take a turn at any moment). But at this point, I feel I can reasonably compile a group of portraits from five decades, all the portrait subjects having their own developing, developed, or finished trajectories. The collection as a whole is an expression of my own trajectory.
The book is available at Amazon.
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