Through forty-one photographs spanning the history of photography, The Kiss of Apollo explores the camera’s ability to give life to sculpture and investigates the ways in which new meaning can be created when one artist meditates on the work of another. The exhibition includes little-known images by important early photographers such as William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, and Charles Negre; early to mid-twentieth century photographers such as Edward Steichen, Eugene Atget, Berenice Abbott, and Charles Sheeler; and contemporary artists such as Lee Friedlander, Andy Warhol, Jan Groover, and Robert Mapplethorpe.
The book’s tritone reproductions are distinguished by state-of-the-art printing supervised by Richard Benson, one of the world’s foremost authorities on photographic printmaking and reproduction. Nineteen inks were used in order to approximate the various photographic processes (daguerreotype, salt prints, albumen prints, platinum prints, gelatin-silver prints, etc.) as closely as possible. The book includes an essay by Eugenia Parry Janis, Professor of Art History at the University of New Mexico.