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Alten, Gloria
The T.V. Photography of Gloria Alten
[Gloria Alten], [Portland, Oregon], 1993. Nine linear inches of loose 4"x6" drugstore prints intended by the artist to make postcards with. A handful of unused postcard backings and some completed postcards are present. Some images are duplicates. Portland artist Gloria Alten (1923-2014) sat in front of her T.V. and took hundreds of pictures of the news, and with her camera focused on her T.V. set, she captured some of the spectacle that was the early '90s media landscape. The bulk of the photographs (5 linear inches) are of Bill Clinton and his early presidency: debates with George Bush and Ross Perot, his inauguration, State of the Union Address, appearances on The Phil Donahue, and appearances by Hilary, Chelsea, Al Gore, Janet Reno, Oprah and Muhammad Ali, etc. Yes, he is shown playing the saxophone. The second largest subject photographed (2.5 linear inches) is Tonya Harding. Images trace her saga from the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, with Tonya in tears over a broken lace and her skate lifted to the rail, pleading with the judges to allow a do-over. Other images show Jeff Gillooly, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya's mom. Tonya is also shown appearing in court, and being interviewed by Connie Chung. A small group of images show a real-life event at which appeared for a grand re-opening center for Portland's Lloyd Center Mall skating rink, the rink where she first learned how to skate. Alten has also photographed newsstands showing tabloid and magazine covers featuring Harding. The remaining images feature figures such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, characters from Sesame St … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books, ABAA [Portland, OR, U.S.A.]
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