Here, in a reverie of skin, sand, and sun, for the first time in photography, are newly discovered and forgotten masterpieces of sensation by seventy photographers from around the world. It is especially fitting that swimming serves as the focus for this international event.
In the painting "The Depths of the Sea" by Edward Burne-Jones, the mermaid's arms are wrapped tightly around the young man's waist, pinning his hands behind him. They have sunk far below the surface. The last air bubbles are leaving the man's mouth.
"To the Beach!" The cry brings back memories of bygone vacation days at the shore and led to a pastime which promised—first and foremost—pleasure. Swimming is conceived of as a happy event, one which stands out from the commonplace of everyday life, implying leisure time and vacation.
The photographs in this volume were reproduced with the kind permission of the photographers, with the following exceptions: pgs. 2 and 71 courtesy of the artists and Lieberman and Saul Gallery, New York; pgs. 5 and 49 courtesy Peter C. Jones, New York;
We are indebted to F.C. Gundlach, whose collection on this subject is unsurpassed and Hans Christian Adam, whose knowledge and expertise throughout has been critical to the project. Mr. Gundlach's exhibition at the PPS Galerie, Hamburg, 1987, "Menschen am Wasser" and H.C. Adam's book "Menschen im Wasser," Berlin: Dirk Nishen Verlag, 1987 were the catalysts for this publication.
The work of the following photographers who are represented in the SWIMMERS exhibition was not able to be reproduced in this catalog because of space restrictions. They are listed below alphabetically: Niki Berg, David Berkwitz, Owen Butler, Michelle Campbell, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Susan Copen-Oken, Pamela De Marris, Jed Fielding, David Graham, David Hockney, Suda House, George Hoyningen-Huene, André Kertész, Julie Mihaly, Arno Raphael Minkkinen, Richard Misrach, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Rosalind Kimball Moulton, Nicolas Nixon, Gilles Peress, Jane Regan, Sebastiao Salgado, Volker Schöbel, Chip Simons, Priscilla Smith, Joel Sternfeld, Jock Sturges, Catherine Wagner, Brett Weston.