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date: 17 October 2019

Sinsabaugh, Art(hur Reeder)locked

(b Irvington, NJ, Oct 31, 1924; d Chicago, IL, Sept 27, 1983).
  • Terence Pitts

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(b Irvington, NJ, Oct 31, 1924; d Chicago, IL, Sept 27, 1983).

American photographer and teacher. He studied and taught at the Institute of Design, Chicago, between 1945 and 1959, thereafter teaching at the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he formed an important photographic department. Although he photographed in a variety of styles, he is known principally for photographs of the Midwestern American landscape made with a banquet camera that produced finely detailed negatives of c. 300×500 mm. Many of these were published as 6 Mid-American Chants/11 Midwest Landscapes (Highlands, 1964). This broad, horizontal format suited Sinsabaugh’s subtle, rhythmic approach to the stark, flat landscapes and farmlands of the Midwest. Through both his teaching and his work he fostered new interest in using the Midwestern landscape as subject-matter.

The Photographer and the American Landscape (exh. cat. by J. Szarkowski, New York, MOMA, 1963) A. Lewis: A Book of Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff (New York, 1978) K. F. Davis...

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