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Emerson Gallery

History of Exhibitons

2005-06

George Silk and Georgiana Silk '72: Father and Daughter Photographers

June 2 - September 11, 2005

George Silk (American, 1916-2004)
TOP OF THE MAST, NEFERTITI, AMERICA'S CUP TRIALS, OFF NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, 1962, printed 1967
Dye transfer, 55.5 X 36.5in.
Collection of Georgiana Silk
George Silk/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

George Silk (1916-2004) was a prize-winning LIFE magazine photographer for 30 years. His daughter, Georgiana Bulfinch Silk, was in the first graduating class of Kirkland College. Like father, like daughter, they used the camera to build careers. The father began as a LIFE War Correspondent, but he became best known for what he called "outdoors photography":his adventure, exploration and sports photography. He was extremely intuitive and innovative, providing perspectives and distortions that challenge the traditional view of athletes and objects. The daughter first collaborated with her father in a 1972 photo-essay for LIFE on Kirkland's first graduation. After a successful career as a magazine assignment photographer, shooting for People, Time, Fortune and others, Georgiana ventured into the corporate world. In addition to her corporate work, Georgiana has concentrated on children?s portraiture for the past 14 years. While using a free-lance photography career's flexibility to raise a family, her work seeks to discover the individuality and personality of each of her subjects. The exhibition is curated by Kelsey Knight '06 and David Nathans '72, Acting Director of the Emerson Gallery, with the devoted assistance of Georgiana Silk. Loans are from the collection of Georgiana Silk. The show was accompanied by an exhibition catalogue.