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Keith Carter - Author

About the Author

Keith Carter was born in Scotland to a Dutch mother and British father. He read Economics at Cambridge, taking a First in 1981 when he was elected a Scholar - too late to enjoy the privilege of walking on the grass. He worked as an investment banker before going straight and running a small pharmaceutical company. He is now a writer and business consultant and lives in East London with his daughters. He enjoys travel,politics and economics, reading and writing, music, sailing of all kinds and meals with family and friends. Keith suffered a spinal cord injury in March 2018 and since rides a wheelchair.

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Keith Carter: Fifty Years

Keith Carter: Fifty Years

Author: Keith Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2019

Dubbed a poet of the ordinary by the Los Angeles Times, photographer Keith Carter came of age during the turbulent `60s and `70s, developing a singular, haunting style that captures both the grit and the glory of the human spirit. Showcasing a broad array of his work-which has been shown in more than one hundred solo exhibitions in thirteen countries-Keith Carter: Fifty Years spans delicate, century-old processes as well as digital-age techniques to yield an enduring vision of the world around us. The interlaced images in Keith Carter: Fifty Years feature contrasts of natural light and darkness as we explore the mythos of time and terrain, the familiar and the magical, and the varied creatures that inhabit our earth. The human form-depleted or energized, solitary or with a beloved partner-becomes a meditation on aging and loss, which have affected Carter profoundly in recent years. Yet these losses have spurred in him a sense of discovery, not despair. Rather than arranging the works chronologically, Carter chose to group them into correlations, echoing the kaleidoscopic effect of memory. The result is mesmerizing; each artifact draws us into an experience of intensity and wonder, enduring long after the page is turned.

From Uncertain to Blue

From Uncertain to Blue

Author: Keith Carter, Horton Foote Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2011

In the beginning, there was no real plan, just a road trip that became a journey. In the years 1986 and 1987, Keith Carter and his wife, Patricia, visited one hundred small Texas towns with intriguing names like Diddy Waw Diddy, Elysian Fields, and Poetry. He says, I tried to make my working method simple and practical: one town, one photograph. I would take several rolls of film but select only one image to represent that dot on my now-tattered map. The titles of the photographs are the actual names of the small towns. . . . Carter created a body of work that evoked the essence of small-town life for many people, including renowned playwright and fellow Texan, Horton Foote. In 1988, Carter published his one town/one picture collection in From Uncertain to Blue, a landmark book that won acclaim both nationally and internationally for the artistry, timelessness, and universal appeal of its images-and established Carter as one of America's most promising fine art photographers. Now a quarter century after the book's publication, From Uncertain to Blue has been completely re-envisioned and includes a new essay in which Carter describes how the search for photographic subjects in small towns gradually evolved into his first significant work as an artist. He also offers additional insight into his creative process by including some of his original contact sheets. And Patricia Carter gives her own perspective on their journey in her amplified notes about many of the places they visited as they discovered the world of possibilities from Uncertain to Blue.

Fireflies Photographs of Children

Fireflies Photographs of Children

Author: Keith Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2009

In Fireflies, Keith Carter presents a magical gallery of photographs of children and the world they inhabit. The collection includes both new work and iconic images such as Fireflies, The Waltz, Chicken Feathers, Megan's New Shoes, and Angel selected from all of Carter's rare and out-of-print books. When making these images, Carter often asked the children, do you have something you would like to be photographed with? This creative collaboration between photographer and subject has produced images that conjure up stories, dreams, and imaginary worlds. Complementing the photographs is an essay in which Carter poetically traces the wellsprings of his interest in photographing children to his own childhood experiences in Beaumont, Texas. As he recalls days spent exploring in the woods and creeks, it becomes clear that his art flows from a deep reservoir of sights and sounds imprinted in early childhood. A lyrical meditation on the joys, wonders, and anxieties of childhood, Fireflies brings us back to the small truths that are often pushed aside or forgotten when we become adults.

Opera Nuda

Opera Nuda

Author: Keith Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2005

Ezekiel's Horse

Ezekiel's Horse

Author: Keith Carter, John Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2000

Winner, Jury selection, American Institute of Graphic Arts, 2001 Communication Arts 2001 Design Annual, 2001 Featured title in Print A-Z, 2001 Haunting in their mystery and beauty, Keith Carter's horses fill the frame like spirits in a dream-but without ever ceasing to be real horses. Whether he's photographing thoroughbreds preparing for the elaborate maneuvers of dressage or a farm nag grazing in a field, Carter meets horses on their terms, not his. Looking into their enigmatic eyes in these photographs, you wonder, What are these creatures thinking? until you realize that Keith Carter's horses never really give up their secrets. This volume collects some 75 duotone images of horses and riders, most of them never before published. Accompanying the pictures is a photographer's statement, in which Keith Carter describes the genesis of this project and muses on what it is about horses that draws him to them as photographic subjects. Distinguished art and photography critic John Wood places Carter's equine photos within the wider Western tradition of painting and photographing animals, while praising Carter's rare ability to portray animal subjects without producing kitsch. In his words, Carter is probably photography's first truly great master of the animal photograph, and none of his other animal photographs are more powerful than his photographs of horses.

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