Original gelatin silver print photograph, 16 5/8" by 15 1/2" (28 1/2" by 22" framed), titled on reverse label of the artist "Morris Broderson/Los Angeles, California/February 5, 1985", pencil signed in the mount by the noted, acclaimed American contemporary photographer, MARIANA COOK (1955-). Broderson (1928-2011) was a congenitally deaf California artist, who overcame his handicap to achieve wide recognition in the visual arts. Cook is self-described as the last protegee of Ansel Adams; indeed there is a photo on her website of him photographing her in an outdoor setting. Cook's works are included in museum and private collections across the world, with a long exhibition history going back to at least 1981 at the Ankrum Gallery in Los Angeles. No less than the Getty Museum, renowned for the quality of its photography collection, included her work in a 2014 group exhibition, and other top level museums own and show her photographs. Cook has published ten books, including Fathers and Daughters; Justice: Faces of the Human Rights Revolution; Stone Walls: Personal Borders; Close at Hand; Faces of Science; Couples; Generations of Women; Mothers and Sons; Manhattan Island To My Self. Her impressive and well-organized website lists the solo and group museum and gallery exhibitions, articles featuring or mentioning her in numerous prestigious print publications, and electronic media documentaries, going back over thirty years, in Europe and America. Many notables with highly recognizable names have posed for her camera, including, famously, Barack and Michelle Obama in 1996. A theme that appears repeatedly in her work is the quest for human rights. See the website for a plethora of information on Cook and her many accomplishments in photography. This photograph is in excellent condition, with no discolorations or foxing. What might appear to be scratches in the photograph are in fact the light reflecting off superficial surface scratches in the Plexiglas. That Plexiglas will make for safe and convenient shipping.
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