Footprints of the Gods: The Point Lobos Saga

Lucien Clergue, Author Iris Publications $18.95 (96p) ISBN 978-0-925965-00-4
Fifty-five color plates depict the human and animal forms that manifest themselves in the rocky landscape of Point Lobos on the Northern California coast. Point Lobos, as Hughes ( Shadow and Substance ) notes, ``has become so synonymous with Edward Weston that a beach there bears the legendary photographer's name.'' French photographer Clergue's ( Eros and Thanatos ) pictures, which he shot over a 12-year period, are a color homage to Weston's all-over sharp-focus technique and to Weston's intense feelings for the area. Here we see craggy cliffs that suggest a man's profile; lips of rock; and bas-relief genitalia, breasts, buttocks, partial torsos and reclining figures. Also emerging from the smooth, sea-washed stone are elephants, lizards and manatees, and leering skulls and death masks. In several photographs that stray from rocks and cliffs, an ocean of kelp resembles a clear night's sky. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/1990
Release date: 09/01/1990
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