From a portfolio of 12 signed photogravures accompanied by a companion book signed by Tom Baril and Ann Beattie and printed on Arches 100% cotton rag paper. 150 sets available
Tom Baril was born in Connecticut in 1952 and in 1980 earned a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Baril began printing for Robert Mapplethorpe while still in school and has credited with developing the lush quality of the late photographer’s black & white prints.
Working initially with landscapes and urban structures, Baril produced iconic images of Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. When he moved towards studio work, Baril sought close-up views of flowers using a pinhole camera with minimal depth of field. His images are sumptuous, soaked in tea to add depth and warmth, but retain a modern sensibility due to the torn and exposed edges that come from the Polaroid film he uses. Baril lives and works in Pennsylvania.
New York Times… "Appeals to the sublime abound in the highly polished photographs of Tom Baril… Mr. Baril worked for many years as Robert Mapplethorpe’s printer, and his technical mastery is evident in these big, luscious images. In his own work he favors natural subjects, from the twisting stems of a handful of poppies to the expanse of sky and blurred line of surf on Fire Island. But he also finds crisp graphic compositions in such industrial subjects as the Verrazano Bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island; photographing it from directly underneath, he turns the receding span into a dark angular form splitting the frame. By Charles Hagen Jan. 19, 1996