Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Self-taught photographer breaks museum barriers, and that was in the 5o's

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presented a photography show, and one of Daniel Farber's reflection photographs was used as the banner advertisement. This self-taught photographer, in the leather business with his brothers, started making photographs later in his life. The results of this hobby, turned obsession, are held in over 123 museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Yale University Museum, and so on.

He also had his images used in the movie "Tommy", as well as on the covers of multiple classical music albums. Farber was named one of the top ten photographers in the decade from the 1960's through 70's, and his nature photographs are in many private collections. Since he utilized the process called color separation, these vintage images are as brilliant today as they were when they were first printed.

Silhouettes of winter trees, starkly portrayed in black and white, were among his favorite subjects and silkscreens were made of several of these striking images. A small portfolio of them (image size 16" x 16", printed on Arches paper) are now available, each of which is published, and several of which are held in permanent museum collections. Contact the Beverly Kaye Gallery for more information.


  1. Hi there,
    I am a self taught painter and a writer who also happens to be obsessed with Outsider art. So naturally, upon stumbling upon your blog, I immediately fell in love with it. I have added you to my favourite blog list. When you have the time, do take a peek at: zainaanwar.blogspot.com. There are only a couple of samples as yet, since I am new to the blogging world but gradually I'll be adding more work. Considering your experience, any comments that you offer would be invaluable.

  2. What gorgeous captures of trees so whimsical!! I just love the pure black and white... Very happy to have found your blog! Will add it to my growing number of great outsider art blogs in my reader! Looking forward to more! Heading over to your Kiddo art blog now-YAY!!!!

  3. Ah! And you live in CT! Do you have a gallery? Would love to see if you do, on our next trip from Alaska to visit my mom in NJ and CT.

  4. Thank you all for your wonderful comments! I do have a gallery in Woodbridge, CT, and would welcome a visit. It can easily be reached at exit 58 off the Merritt Parkway. The gallery is closed the second and third weeks in August, but otherwise open at your convenience.
    As you will see when you visit, Black and White is a strong preference here!
    There is a public Sculpture in the Garden show the second weekend in June, (the inside gallery is closed during this event) and at other times I am open by appointment. Do come to visit the collection!

  5. mm, lovely. looks like its just stencil & ink.