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Warm-toned silver print with Baril's signature and date in pencil on mount recto, and his handstamp with his signature, title, dates, edition notation (9/15), and numerical notations in ink on mount verso.

Tom Baril was born in Connecticut in 1952. After graduating from New York's School of Visual Arts in 1980 with a BA in photography, he served as Robert Mapplethorpe's exclusive print maker. Since then Baril has distanced himself from the Mapplethorpe work and has enjoyed a solo career by bringing to us something uniquely his own- stunning imagery from both behind the camera and out of the darkroom.

In the last 25 years, printmaking is not all that Tom Baril has mastered. He embraces every nuance of his medium. Whether it is 4x5 Polaroid pinhole or 8 x 10 collodion wet-plate, Baril manages to astonish us with technically perfect and exquisitely pure prints. Baril's studies include urban architecture, minimalist seascapes and meticulously detailed botanicals and still lifes.

One of Baril's biggest accomplishments to date has been succeeding to change they way some people look at flowers. Few photographers are capable of bringing their viewers to look on something as familiar as a flower with such a new and fresh perspective. "If I am successful, the photograph reveals the underbelly, the overlooked and the under appreciated."

In the words of one commentator, Baril's "exquisitely imagined and powerfully rendered" images are "...clearly founded upon the photographic masters of the past. But his tones and techniques demonstrate a contemporary vision, offering an elegant synthesis of artistic tradition and current aesthetics." In other words, the effect achieved in Baril's work is "both classic and contemporary."

Tom Baril's work has been the subject of two monographs, the highly acclaimed sold out self-titled book published by 4AD in 1997, and Botanica published by Arena Editions in 1999. His work has been featured in numerous publications, and is among prestigious collections both public and private: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the George Eastman House, Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum, The Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Polaroid Collection, and the Elton John Collection.

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Photo Detail - Tom Baril - Manhattan Bridge
Tom Baril Manhattan Bridge

Price $4,000

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Ref.# 9565

Medium Silver print

Mount on original mount

Photo Date 1993  Print Date 2001

Dimensions 23-1/4 x 18-1/2 in. (591 x 470 mm)

Photo Country United States (USA)

Photographer Country United States (USA)

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