200 pages, 9 x 10
95 duotones
Release Date:01 Sep 2014

Mary Randlett Portraits

By Frances McCue; Photographs by Mary Randlett
University of Washington Press
Known for both her landscapes and portraits, Mary Randlett begandocumenting iconic Northwest artists like Mark Tobey and Morris Gravesin 1949. In 1963, Theodore Roethke asked her to photograph him in hisSeattle home - hers were the last pictures taken of the poet before hisdeath, and they garnered international attention. In addition toGraves, Tobey, and Roethke, Mary Randlett Portraits includesrenowned artists Jacob Lawrence and George Tsutuakawa; writers TomRobbins, Henry Miller, and Colleen McElroy; arts patrons Betty Bowenand Richard Fuller; and more.
Randlett's portraits are known for their effortless intimacy,illuminating her subjects as few ever saw them-something noted by manyof those whom she photographed. The portraits are accompanied bybiographical sketches written by Frances McCue, which blend lifestories and reflections on the works with Randlett's ownreminiscences. McCue also provides an essay on Randlett's life andprofessional career.
Randlett's photographs represent an artistic and literary historyof the Pacific Northwest. No other book brings together these importanthistorical figures from the rich past and present of this region. Acurated collection of ninety photographs from the more than six hundredportraits she took of Northwest artists, writers, and culturalluminaries, Mary Randlett Portraits documents the region'sartistic legacy through one woman's camera lens.
RELATED TOPICS: Art, Photography
Frances McCue is an award-winning poet, essayist, andarts administrator. The founding director of the Richard Hugo House,McCue currently teaches writing and literature as a writer-in-residenceat the University of Washington's Undergraduate Honors Program. Herfirst book of poetry, The Stenographer's Breakfast, wonthe Barnard New Women's Poetry Prize, and her most recent book ofpoetry, The Bled, won the 2011 Washington State Book Award forpoetry. She is also the author, with photographs by Mary Randlett, ofThe Car That Brought You Here Still Runs: Revisiting the NorthwestTowns of Richard Hugo. Mary Randlett has beenphotographing the Northwest for almost eighty years. Her works are heldin at least forty permanent collections, including the MetropolitanMuseum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.
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