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*Starred Review* Geesaman's Poetics of Place (1999) contains some of the finest formal-garden photography ever published--in monochrome, no less, which she developed into vibrant, velvety visions of the ideal garden. She carries over the elements of composition and development that made those images so astonishing into Gardenscapes, but now she is shooting in color, and that has, she says, brought a crucial element of discovery into her work. She experiments with degrees of coloration in the darkroom, striving to find hues obscured by the predominant color (usually, in these pictures, green) that will help the print achieve "a painterly quality because all the color relationships are right." Mission accomplished in these ravishing pictures, which by turns call to mind Friedrich, Monet, Sargent, and, many times, Redon and Pollock. That is, their artistic manners range from mysticism to abstract expressionism. If in general they recall gauzy early-twentieth-century pictorialist photography, they lack its sentimentality by eschewing human figures, other than sculpture, and appealing thereby to the taste for austerity. But their austerity is, because of all the flowers, leaves, bark, and branches, the sensuous austerity that is one kind of timeless beauty. Ray Olson
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"Ms. Geesaman's treatments of highly cultivated landscapes, with their cloudless, timeless skies and languorous beauty, bring Atget immediately to mind."
--Roberta Smith, The New York Times Magazine
In this, the first publication of her color work, Lynn Geesaman continues to evoke the human dreams of artifice and industry that have imposed their will upon the natural landscape. For almost twenty years, Geesaman has photographed fertile orchards and fields as well as elaborately cultivated gardens and manicured walkways of parks, estates, and chGteaus in Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, and across the United States.
Through her poetic vision, rendered in an array of vibrant hues, a mesmerizing tension emerges from an uncanny sense of the natural world's seemingly unnatural logic; Geesaman unearths the repetitive patterns that reside in these landscapes.
Geesaman's work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the BibliothFque Nationale in Paris, among others.