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Creator Name: Clift, William
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1944
Biography: William Clift American, 1944-Throughout his career, William Brooks Clift III has photographed the land and architecture as quiet yet complex subjects filled with cultural and spiritual metaphor. Celebrating the nuances of light and composition in his images, which are primarily black and white, he is a careful and thoughtful technician. He digests, rather than dramatizes, his subjects, often spending several years exploring a theme before completing it. Born in Boston, Clift first took an interest in photography at age 10, building his own darkroom. As a teenager, he attended a workshop with Paul Caponigro. Beginning in 1962, Clift spent eight years specializing in architectural subjects, commissioned on a freelance basis by various organizations -- including the Massachusetts Council on the Arts for an extensive documentation of Old Boston City Hall (1970). He moved to Santa Fe in 1971 and began to photograph the landscape that continues to inspire his work. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1972, 1979) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1973, 1980). Returning to Boston in 1975, Clift photographed the architecture of Beacon Hill. During 1975-76 he worked for the Joseph Seagram and Son's bicentennial project on American county courthouses. In 1977 he traveled to France to take pictures of Mont-Saint-Michel and began an ongoing project picturing the sculpture of Juan Hamilton. Commissions followed from AT&T for their American Images project (1978) and from the Reader's Digest Association (1985-86) to photograph the Hudson River Highlands with Steven Shore, who eventually discontinued the endeavor. A one-person exhibition of Clift's work, Certain Places, was on view at the Art Institute of Chicago andthe Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth (1987). That same year he received the Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts in New Mexico and began a color project with Polaroid materials, making family pictures that were exhibited in the Equitable Gallery, New York (1992). He has produced and distributed two books, Certain Places (1987) and A Hudson Landscape (1994). Clift continues to photograph the mountain and desert landscape throughout the southwestern United States. He lives in Santa Fe. A.W.
Creator Name-CRT: William Clift
Title: Enchanted Mesa, New Mexico
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1975
Creation End Date: 1975
Creation Date: 1975
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photography
Materials and Techniques: gelatin silver print
Dimensions: Sheet: 35.8cm x 49.9cm, Image: 34.5cm x 48.8cm
Inscriptions: Written in pencil on recto: "Enchanted Mesa, New Mexico 1975 William Clift [signed]"; in ink on verso: "?"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1989.412
Credit Line: Purchased with a grant from the NEA and matched by contributions from Museum members in 1989
Copyright: Copyright ? William Clift
AMICA ID: CMA_.1989.412
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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