Celebrating all the splendor that this natural world has to offer, Paradise Found features artists working with the earth and nature. From the scientific realm of microphotography and the beginnings of botanical drawing to the painterly world of landscapes and dreamy, ethereal land art, this edition is a slice of the Earth at its most beautiful through the eyes of the best.
Featuring sounds from Listening Earth
Featuring cover artwork by Anthony Lepore
One of the most well-known American landscape photographers, Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco on February 20, 1902. He is best known for his black and white images of natural landscapes and national parks. In 1916, following a trip to Yosemite National Park, Adams began experimenting with photography. He developed and sold some early photographs at Best's Studio in Yosemite Valley, and in 1928, Adams married Virginia Best, the daughter of the studio's proprietor. His reputation began to grow, and he also began working to bring attention to conservation of nature through his artwork. By the 1960s, his work was shown in large galleries and museums; in 1974 the Metropolitan Museum of Art held a retrospective exhibition of his art. He passed away in California on April 22, 1984.
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Anthony Lepore is a photographer based in Los Angeles. He was born in 1977 in Burbank, California. He graduated from Fordham University in 2000 with a BA in Fine Arts. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004, and he then received a MA in Fine Arts from Yale University the following year. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibition shows across the US and internationally, and his work has been purchased as additions to numerous public collections, such as the Guggenheim Museum NYC and LACMA. Lepore's work is being featured in a solo exhibition, "Bikini Factory" in Los Angeles at François Ghebaly Gallery from April 25 - June 6, 2015.
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Bruce Munro is a British artist best known for his immersive large-scale light-based installations. He was born in 1959 in London and studied Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic, graduating in 1982. His work has been exhibited in various public gardens and museums, mainly in the UK and United States.
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Caspar David Friedrich was born in 1774 in the town of Greifswald. He was a German Romantic landscape painter best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes. He began his studies in art as a youth. He studied in Copenhagen until 1798, before settling in Dresden. Friedrich’s work brought him renown early in his career. Nevertheless, his work fell from favour during his later years, and he died in obscurity in 1840. The early 20th century brought a renewed appreciation of his work, and in the late 1970s Friedrich regained his reputation as an icon of the German Romantic movement and a painter of international importance.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude The artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day, June 13, 1935; Christo was born in Bulgaria and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. The pair first met in Paris in 1958, and they had a son Cyril on May 11, 1960. They are known for their large-scale land artworks of wrapped monuments and outdoor sculptural installations. Until 1994, the works were only attributed to Christo; however, they have since been retroactively attributed to Christo and Jeanne-Claude. In November 2009, Jeanne-Claude passed away, and Christo continues to work.
Cody William Smith is a photographer based in Los Angeles. He earned his BFA in Cinema from Columbia College in 2012. His work specializes in landscape, fine art, and portraits.
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Danny J. Sanchez is a photographer and gemologist based in Los Angeles. He graduated from the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California and is self-taught in photomicrography. His work focuses on the intricate and beautiful details hidden within gemstones and has been featured in Wired, New Scientist, Gizmodo. He will exhibit in Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Brussels in 2015.
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Edward Burtynsky is one of Canada's most well-known and respected photographers. He was born in 1955 in St. Catharines, Ontario and received his BAA in Photography / Media Studies from Ryerson University in 1982. He is most well known for his large-format photographs of sweeping landscapes that have been altered by industry and engineering. Burtynsky has received numerous awards throughout his career and his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications.
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Eric Cahan is an artist based out of New York City. He was born in New York in 1970 and received a BA from NYU in 1995. His work focuses on light, particularly the light generated at sunrise and sunset. He is also interested in and influenced by science, nature, color theory, and the ephemeral quality of memories. Cahan is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York.
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Guido Mocafico was born in Switzerland in 1962. He specializes in still life photography and works regularly for international magazines such as Numèro, Paris Vogue, Big, The Face, Self-Service, and Wallpaper. He has also undertaken numerous advertising campaigns for Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Clinique, Shiseido, and Hermès. Mocafico continues to explore aesthetic and scientific themes in nature. He lives in Paris. In 2005, Steidl published his book “Venenum”, showing pictures of jellyfish, snakes, and tarantulas. Earlier this year, he exhibited Guns and Roses at Hamilton’s Gallery in London.
Images first appeared in “Medusa”, published by Steidl in 2006.
Henri Fantin-Latour was a French painter and lithographer who is best known for his paintings of flowers. He was born in Grenoble in 1836 and as a child, received drawing lessons from his father. He enrolled in the École des Dessin in 1850 and also studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1875 he married fellow painter Victoria Dubourg. Fantin-Latour passed away in 1904.
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Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1948. In 1970, Sugimoto studied politics and sociology at Saint Paul's University in Tokyo. In 1974, he received his BFA at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and then moved to New York. Visually capturing memory and time is a central theme of Sugimoto's work. Some of his subjects include seascapes, theaters, dioramas, portraits, architecture, colors of shadow, conceptual forms and lightning fields among others.
His work is held in numerous public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, The National Gallery, London, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Smithsonian Institue of Art, Washington, D.C., and Tate, London. Sugimoto currently lives and works in New York and Tokyo.
Revered as one of the greatest British painters of all time, Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in 1775. He was an English Romanticist, who worked in landscape painting and is frequently referred to as "the painter of light" because of his impressive ability to depict the atmospheric nature of light and the environment. He began exhibiting watercolors at the Royal Academy in 1790, and his first oil painted was exhibited there in 1796. He was elected a Royal Academician in February 1802. Turner worked mostly in oils and watercolors, and his landscapes are textural, abstracted, and rooted in the sublime. He passed away in 1851 at the age of 76.
James Turrell was born in Los Angeles in 1943. His undergraduate studies at Pomona College focused on psychology and mathematics; only later, in graduate school, did he pursue art. He received an MFA in art from the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. The recipient of several prestigious awards such as Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships, Turrell lives in Arizona.
Photography by Florian Holzherr.
Jean Painlevé was a French film director and biologist that specialized in underwater life. He was born in 1902 in Paris. During his youth, he struggled in school, finally settling on Biology and entering the Laboratoire d'Anatomie et d'Histologie Comparée in Sorbonne. While a student, he helped to create an affiliate union to the "Socialist Revolutionary Students" and then joined the union of "Communist Students" in 1920. Painlevé was introduced to the Surrealists and began collaborating with the monthly revue "Surrealisme". He first entered the film business as an actor but was soon shooting his own films, the first being "L'ouef d'épinoche : de la fécondation à l'éclosion" in 1927. Painlevé designed a special waterproof box to protect the camera while shooting underwater. He passed away in July 1989. Overall, Painlevé directed of 200 science and nature films, the most famous have been collected and released by Criterion in 2009.
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JoAnn Verburg is a photographer based out of St. Paul, Minnesota and Spoleto, Italy. She was born in 1950 and received a BA in Sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her photographs are often exhibited in diptychs or triptychs and often combines soft lighting, varied focus, and thoughtful compositions. For over 20 years she has returned to Spoleto, Italy with her husband, poet Jim Moore. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986, as well as multiple artist fellowships from the Bush Foundation (1983, 1993) and the McKnight Foundation (1994, 2004). She also received a Rockefeller Foundation Residency at the Bellagio Conference and Study Center, Bellagio, Italy in 1998. She has also taught at both Yale University and the Minneapolis College of Art. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the US and abroad, and her work has been published in numerous monographs.
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Andrew Skeoch and Sarah Koschak have been sharing their love of nature with the world for over 20 years. They travel the world and create recordings of the natural sounds in the environment. Some of the recording locations include, Turkey's Taurus Mountains, the Nagarahole forest in India, the African savannah, and California's Grant Sequoia Grove. Andrew and Sarah live in the bush of Australia in a mud-brick and solar-powered home near Castlemaine.
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Born in 1959, Maya Lin is an american artist and designer. She is known for her work in sculpture and landscape art, and is most well known for her work as designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degree from Yale. Lin is represented by The Pace Gallery in NYC.
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NASA, which stands for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is the agency of the US government responsible for the civilian space program for aeronautics and aerospace research. Their mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.
Nancy Holt was an American artist who is known for her public sculptures, land art, and installations. She was born in Massachusetts in 1938 and graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Biology. She then moved to New York City and became involved with the Minimalists of the 1960s, such as Richard Serra, Carl Andre, Sol Lewitt, and Eva Hesse. Holt married the land artist Robert Smithson in 1963. Her first work of art was a video collaboration with Richard Serra; this interest in vision carried on into her earthworks, as they involve the act of seeing or tracking positions of the sun, earth, and stars. Holt passed away in 2014 at the age of 75.
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Raised in Maryland, NIcholas Alan Cope is a photographer who graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 2004. The young artist has worked for numerous commercial and editorial clients and his solo work has been featured in Interview Magazine and Conveyor, among others. He received the Communication Arts Photo Annual Award in 2011 and was selected for PDN's 30 in the same year.
For over 40 years, The Nikon Small World competition has been celebrating international excellence in photography and digital imaging. The fields of the competition range from chemistry, biology, materials research, and botany to biotechnology. Microphotography serves scientific research and documentation goals as well as aesthetic purposes.
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Pieter van Kouwenhoorn was a Dutch botanical illustrator. He was born in Haarlen, the Netherlands in 1599 and worked there as well as Leiden. His book Collection of Flowers Drawn from Nature (Verzameling van Bloemen naar de Natuur geteekend door) dates to the 1620s-1630s and features illustrations of 46 flowers with their names given in Latin, German, and French. He passed away in Leiden in 1654.
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Richard Long was born in 1945 in Bristol, England. He studied at West of England College of Art in Bristol from 1962 until 1965. Long then went on to complete a degree program at St. Martins School of Art in London from 1966 to 1968. His works span various mediums, from photography and paintings, to sculpture. His “White Water Line” painting won the 1989 Turner Prize, which is presented by the Tate Gallery to a British visual artist under the age of 50. His works have been exhibited at Tate Gallery in London, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain in Nice, Sperone Westwater in New York, and Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain. He currently lives and works in Bristol, England.
Robert Smithson was born January 2, 1938. Smithson’s first works were Pop Art-esque collages inspired by beefcake magazines. After reevaluating his position and platform, Smithson reemerged as a minimalism enthusiast. He began exploring industrial sites and installing “non-sites,” collected sediment mixed with mirror or glass, in galleries throughout New York. Smithson remained fascinated by landscapes and their minute pieces, publishing an Artforum article in 1968 promoting the initial land artists. The following year he began producing land-art pieces, to push-the-limits and explore concepts of the medium. He died July 20, 1973 in a plane crash surveying sites for his work in Amarillo, Texas. Photographs of Smithson by Dan Graham are included in Tom Burr's guest edit.
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Ryan McGinley is a New York City based artist, born in Ramsey, New Jersey on October 17, 1977. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design, New York in 2000. While still a student, McGinley staged his first exhibition of photographs in an abandoned SoHo gallery and created handmade books featuring his work entitled The Kids Are Alright. A copy of the book made it into the hands of Sylvia Wolf, who was a curator of photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2003, she staged an exhibition of his work, making McGinley at the age of 25 the youngest artist ever to have a solo show at the museum.
Ryan McGinley: Whistle for the Wind is the first major monograph of the artist's career. It features written work by novelist and critic Chris Kraus, writer, artist, and activist John Kelsey, and filmmaker Gus Van Sant. It was published by Rizzoli New York in June 2012.
Born in 1954 in Geldern, Germany, Thomas Struth is one of the most well-known contemporary German photographers. He studied at the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf. He won the Spectrum-International Prize for Photograph of the Foundation of Lower Saxony in 1997 and the Werner Mantz Prize for Photography in 1992. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions including Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012, the Venice Biennale in 1990, and Documenta IX in 1992. In 2010-2012 a major traveling retrospective of Struth’s work was exhibited at the Museu Serralves, Portugal; the K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and the Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland. In 2014 he was awarded the Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Struth currently lives and works in Berlin.
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Uta Barth is known for her "empty" images that capture light in a painterly and abstract way. She was born in Berlin in 1958 and received her both her BA and MFA from the University of California. Her photographs have been exhibited worldwide and are included in many private and public collections, such as the Whiney Museum of American Art, MoMA NY, the Tate Modern, The Getty Museum, and The Walker Art Center. She currently lives in California and serves as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art and the University of California and is a graduate faculty member at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York City.
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Walter De Maria was born in Albany, California in 1935. His first interest was in music, and he then studied history and art at the University of California, Berkeley from 1953-59. He moved to New York City a year later and became involved in the music and Minimalism art scenes. His most famous work is "The Lightning Field", which consists of 400 stainless steel poles arranged in a grid in Catron County, New Mexico. He passed away in 2013, and his work is represented by the Gagosian Gallery.