Anne Arden McDonald.
Photographs by Anne Arden McDonald. Text by Anne Arden McDonald, Leslie Findlen, and Wanda Strukus.
New York, 2003. 100 pp., 40 black-and-white illustrations, 12x13¼".
"Years ago, Anne McDonald showed me a photograph titled
Untitled Self-Portrait Number 3. It is the cover image of this
collection, and the first photograph of McDonald’s that I had
seen, the one that stopped me in my tracks and led me to witness her ever-growing body of work. The image is
emblematic of McDonald’s photography in the early years,
what I think of as the flying years, in which her images
trace the tension of what she calls “living in a body with a
mind that dreams,” measuring the weight and substance of
a world that holds the spirit at bay. I repeatedly return to
this photograph to see her body
slicing through the air, a defiant
surge of life in the somber landscape...
This image seized hold of
me on that first viewing and draws
me to it again and
again. The figure
the confines of the frame, suggesting
escape and rupture at the same
time. The sheer heroism of the
gesture changes me, emboldens
me, and for a moment, the sharp
intake of breath and the gathering
of muscles is mine. This
moment of flight is mine.”—essay
by Wanda Strukus.
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