Picasso & the Camera
This book was published on the occasion of Picasso & the Camera at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York. Presented in partnership with the artist’s grandson Bernard Ruiz-Picasso and curated by Picasso biographer John Richardson, with the assistance of Valentina Castellani and Michael Cary, the exhibition explored photography as an integral part of Pablo Picasso’s practice. Spanning sixty years, it included many photographs taken by Picasso but not previously seen or published, as well as related paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, and films.
Picasso engaged with photography and photographers in myriad ways, using the camera to capture daily life, to try out new ideas, to document his works, and to shape his own image. He collaborated with Brassaï, Dora Maar, and André Villers; filmed home movies; and worked with filmmakers such as Luciano Emmer and Henri-Georges Clouzot to capture his creative process. The fully illustrated catalogue features more than 350 reproductions and presents essays by Mary Ann Caws, Victoria Combalía, Marvin Heiferman, and John Richardson, as well as key historical texts by Jacques Prévert, Man Ray, and Paul Hayes Tucker.