Thames & Hudson, 332 Pages
Art Historical Perspective by Donald Kuspit
For the last twenty- five years Lynn Stern has been photographing skulls, both human and animal, some clearly recognizable and some highly abstract. Skull presents the resulting eight series— several of which have never been seen and some not previously seen in their entirety. Download Factsheet >
Veiled Still Lifes
QCC Art Gallery, 2006, 48 Pages
Essay by Nancy E. Green
In Veiled Still Lifes, Stern juxtaposes black vases with a scrim of translucent black fabric, creating images that are infused with a darkly radiant light. The space is ambiguous — the veil seems to be neither in front nor behind, but part of the vases — and the weave of the fabric gives these mysterious photographs a conte crayon-like texture.
Hudson Hills Press, 1988
Essay by Diane Wakoski
Forward by Paul Caponigro
“Each photograph in Unveilings seems a portrait carefully built with the beauty of a light unique to the silver print … Inclined to communion through her work, Stern stays ever in touch with that rare realm of emotion in a state of respect and trust. She has yielded to her subjects and has, thereby, been allowed profound access to them.” —Paul Caponigro, from the Introduction
Aperture, 1995, 64 Pages
Essay by Donald Kuspit
Initially shocking, the skull and death mask images in Dispossession are also mysteriously inviting, due to their vibrant luminosity and the photographer's powerful identification with her subject. This monograph reproduces additional work of Stern’s, including six photographs from Whiteness, described by A.D. Coleman as “deeply sensual yet rigorously formal …. images [that] are not about what they are of.” —Highly Commended Book, 1995 Ernst Haas Awards
Nazraeli Press, 2000, 98 Pages
Essay by Donald Kuspit
The Animus series extends Stern’s long involvement with skull imagery. These images portray the ever-changing shapes of ambiguous animal/human skulls, transforming them into luminous forces — sometimes threatening, sometimes benign, but always dramatic. The use of a split-toning process intensifies the images’ eerie incandescence and heightens their feeling of spatial disorientation. Animus also reproduces work from earlier series.
Fundación Cristóbal Gabarrón/
Center for Creative Photography,
2009, D.A.P. 2010, 160 Pages
Essays by Donald Kuspit, Britt Salvesen, Lynn Stern & George Stolz
Running counter to prevailing artistic trends, Lynn Stern's work ignores popular culture in favor of her own austere internal world. Her imagery of skulls, which spans five distinct bodies of work, is unique in contemporary photography, though certainly a tradition in art history. Stern works in series, exclusively in black and white and exclusively in natural, indirect light; the results are characterized by a luminosity that is at least as important as her ostensible subject matter. Exploring, in part, the relationship between photography and painting, Frozen Mystery accompanies a major retrospective of Stern's work at the Museo Fundación Cristóbal Gabarrón in Valladolid, Spain
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