Offered by: Robert Funk Fine Art
1581 Brickell Ave., Suite 2303 Miami, FL 33129 , United States Call Seller 305.857.0521


Elephant Close Up at Sunset with Wide Angle Lens, Life Magazine

$ 6,500
  • Description
    This elephant portrait was done on assignment for Life Magazine. It was for a story about a group of three elephants who stomped to death their trainer.
    In an attempt to save the elephant's life, a new trainer rehabilitates the elephant's behavior. The three elephants were transported from the Pacific Northwest to a location outside of Tampico, Mexico. Life Magazine sent Photographer Mitchell Funk, and his trusted assistant ( yours truly ) to photograph the three elephants being transformed from being out of control to being hyper-cooperative. The result was one of the great elephant images ever created. 42 years later, the image stands the test of time. By getting extremely close and within inches of the tusked leviathan, Funk used a wide-angle lens that yields an unexpected, intimate and highly individualized portrait that conceals the subject's past narrative.
    Signed dated and numbered 3/15 lower right recto, other sizes available, unframed, printed later. This work is printed on fine art Hahnemuhle paper. The color will vary from monitor to monitor.
    Mitchell Funk is a pioneer of " Color Photography" In 1970 he participated in one the first " Color Photography" shows at a major museum. Brooklyn Museum, show "Images en Couleur" . 1971 Included he was included in the visionary book "Frontiers of Photography" Time-Life. Color ! American Photography Transformed. Amon Carter Museum. He has had more than 50 Photography Magazine Covers and has had covers on Newsweek, Fortune, New York Magazine and Life Magazine among others.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: United States
    Period: 1980-1999
    Materials: Archival Pigment Print
    Condition: Good. Excellent condition
    Creation Date: 1980
    Styles / Movements: Conceptualism, Surrealism, Contemporary
    Incollect Reference #: 553333
  • Dimensions
    W. 43 in; H. 29 in;
    W. 109.22 cm; H. 73.66 cm;
Message from Seller:

You'll find an eclectic group of art works at Robert Funk Fine Art. 45 years of experience has shaped Director Robert Funk's multi-perspective approach to presenting art. As an undergrad in painting, he studied with great teachers such as first-generation abstract expressionist Robert Richenburg and hyper-realist painter Janet Fish. In Graduate School he worked with famed critic E.C. Goossen and went on to work as a Photographer, New York Advertising Art Director, and Art Collector.

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