The son of fine art photographer Donald Ross, Merg Ross grew up surrounded by people like Edward and Brett Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Wynn Bullock, and Ansel Adams. He became a photographer for good at the age of 12 when his father gave him a 4x5-inch view camera. How would you like to have a portfolio review with Edward Weston? Merg did. (The aged Edward's verdict: "photography is in good hands.")
In my mail recently there arrived a modest, moderately sized paperback book, beautifully packaged, beautifully printed (by Lenswork Publishing—it's a little larger than an issue of Lenswork magazine, but you'll see the family resemblance). It's called Beyond Casual Vision: Photographs from 60 Years. Mainly a retrospective of a life's work, it also contains an ample autobiography and a number of pictures of the many people Merg met along the way. Closeups, abstracts, details and designs, buildings and landscapes, all acutely seen, gracious, and gorgeous—I've been enjoying the book since it arrived.
If you like the work of Brett Weston and the so-called "West Coast School," you'll enjoy this classic black-and-white artwork. A fine testament to a life in photography. It's available from Merg directly. The price is modest too. Say hi for me.
(Thanks to Merg)
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Sharon: "I ordered a copy. Thank you!"