New York

Frederick Sommer

Light Gallery

The Light Gallery showed over 60 photographs by Frederick Sommer from 1941 through 1972. Sommer was born in Europe in 1905, grew up in Brazil, studied landscape architecture at Cornell, took up painting in the early ’30s, and photography upon meeting Stieglitz in 1935. For the last 30 years, Sommer has worked and taught in Arizona. Sommer’s photographs seem to fall into three general categories: allover landscape photographs of Arizona; architectural photographs under which photographs generally tied to a ’30s view of Constructivism and Biederman’s structuralism can be included; and experimental photographs derived mainly from Dada-Surrealism and the kind of abstract experimentation common in the ’30s. To make things neat, a fourth category might be created to include those photographs which don’t fit into the other three categories. Not that Sommer’s work must be so categorized, but here

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