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Artist
Philip Perkis
Title
Labrador
Date
2003
Medium
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 18 × 16 inches (45.7 × 40.6 cm)Matted: 24 × 20 inches (61 × 50.8 cm)Framed: 24 × 20 inches (61 × 50.8 cm)
Tags
Photography
Credit Line
Gift of Helen Levitt.
Accession Number
2004.27.3
“What I can do if I’m interested is to go out and look for ‘myself’, for a correspondence to the infinite variety of spaces, textures, light, air, movement, life and death, that is everywhere in the natural world.”
̶ Philip Perkis

After discovering photography while serving in the United States Air Force during the 1950s, Philip Perkis went on to produce works of haunting beauty noted for their openness and interest in light. Perkis remains faithful to traditional techniques ̶ using a Leica camera, shooting horizontally, and producing black and white prints.

This photograph shows a fire-ravaged forest in Labrador, a northern region in Canada.

Philip Perkis is Professor Emeritus at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He is author of Teaching Photography, Notes Assembled (2001).