of Provincetown Color Photographs
Georgia Coxe presents closely focused views of the flowers and fruits
and vegetables she finds growing in the gardens, backyards and pathways
of the town. With strong color and fresh composition, Coxe creates images of dramatic abstract patterns.
Coming as close as she can to the subject opens a whole world of unseen
form and contrast and color. Coxe adds long tubes to her lens, often
getting so close she often comes away with pollen on her lens.
is largely self-taught. She
made her first art photograph at twelve. She
was living in Indianapolis where
her painter father was Director of the Herron Art Institute. She had received a developing kit as a present
and with her first contact print, she was hooked. By 16, she set up her own darkroom when a neighbor
passed his equipment to her. She
did all the photo work for school publications. On her own, she studied everything she could
find on photography. She sometimes sat in on classes at the Herron School,
but it was not a time when women were encouraged to develop their creative
interests outside the home. Later
she studied with Eugene Smith at Indiana University and
attended the Philadelphia Museum School. Coxe sites Life Magazine and Edward Steichen’s
work as strong influences, and refers to the Family of Man exhibition
of the mid-50’s as affirming her desire to give form to her experience
through photography. She married
and raised three children. The
family had a summer cottage here in Provincetown,
and in 1977, Coxe moved to town year round. Because
she had no darkroom here, she began to take color photographs.
Coxe composes her images with the camera rather than by cropping in
the darkroom. The twenty-five 8”x10” prints in this exhibit are made
from the entire negative. Using
an old Pentax 35 mm and low-speed color film, Coxe creates images that
bear a kinship to still life paintings -- a common, unnoticed daisy
or a ripe tomato is elevated to an icon by her attentive eye.