About This Image
Pratt printed his name, title, date and negative number on the verso in pencil of this abstract image.
Born on April 13, 1926 in NYC, Charles Pratt was raised there and in Maine.
After graduating from Yale in 1948, he worked as a stage manager in the theater and studied photography with Lisette Model, David Vestal, and Sid Grossman.
He became a full-time photographer in 1960 and was best-known as a nature photographer.
In both his color and black and white photographs, Pratt resisted a picturesque view of the natural world or any attempts to evoke the sublime. Instead he used the camera as means to carefully commemorate a particular place and time.
Detailing this approach, Pratt said, "I believe that objective reality is infinitely complicated and infinitely rewarding, and therefore my primary concern is to make the clearest photographic image of what is in front of me. What is personal is my connection with this specific piece of the world as itself, rather than for its use symbolically or as part of a picture."
His work was published in Life, Fortune and Audubon, as well as in many photography publications.
Pratt passed away in New York in 1976.
Despite being part of other museum group shows, including on at the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery gave Pratt his first one-man museum show in 1982, six years after his death, simply entitled "Charles Pratt: Photographs".
His work is in the collections of the International Center for Photography (NYC), the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Center for Creative Photography, NY MoMA and George Eastman House--among others.
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Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1963 Print Date 1963
Dimensions 10-1/2 x 13-1/4 in. (267 x 337 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)