Sommer, Frederick

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Sommer, Frederick

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1905 to 1999



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American, born in Italy, visual artist. He made a unique contribution to 20th-century photography but also maintained lifelong interests in drawing, painting, collage, poetry and prose. Sommer pushed the boundaries of photography's subject matter. He moved from finding things to photograph to creating things for the camera, a method that has great resonance with contemporary photography. He is noted for his engagement with the ideas and practices of Surrealism too.

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