L.A.'s Central Library hosts the exhibit Paul Outerbridge: New Color Photographs from Mexico and California, 1948–1955 and the Getty Center presents a career survey, Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance.
Paul Outerbridge, Airport Lounge, Mexico, c. 1950. Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library.
Outerbridge, one of the great pioneers of color photography, spent the
last 15 years of his life in creative decline, moving from the East
Coast to Laguna Beach where he opened a small portrait studio and helped
his wife manage her fashion business. His photographic output during
the period was meager and his once-illustrious career went into
Or so the conventional wisdom goes. Art cognoscenti like to dismiss
Outerbridge's California years (1943 to 1958) as an unfruitful period
marked by failure -- a sad epilogue to a high-profile career spent
mostly in New York and Europe. But two exhibitions opening soon in Los
Angeles refute that long-held assumption, providing ample evidence that
Outerbridge continued to push the boundaries of his art form until his
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