The Memory Maker

American folk art town prints

Charles Wysocki - The Memory Maker

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Title: Artist: Year of Release:
The Memory Maker Charles Wysocki 1989    year of issue

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Signed & Numbered Paper    unframed
Print Size: Edition Size Original Issue Price Our Price
26.75" x 31" 2,400 S/N $165.00 $285.00

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Print Description:
One of America's most popular artists, Charles Wysocki, pays homage to the early art of photography and its steadfast practitioners in the wonderfully developed work The Memory Maker .

In the last century, few people could imagine the sophisticated art form that photography would eventually become. When "picture taking" was in its infancy, people nervously posed for the camera while the photographer hovered behind a wobbly tripod for minutes on end. The finished product was sometimes hardly worth the trouble, revealing the subject standing or sitting stiffly in an unlikeable likeness. Yet a real artist, even in the early days of photography, could capture the inner essence of his subject in a creation of beauty. In
The Memory Maker, a traveling photographer displays his works on the side of his wagon, and as we examine them, we sense that this is a man pursuing a true art.

Says Charles Wysocki, "This photographer and his family live a little like gypsies, moving from town to town. When they ride onto main street, he picks up his horn or megaphone and cries, "I'll take your picture!" Since he lives ina tent, you can guess that his profession is not a lucrative one. He fishes in the nearby stream not just because his hours are his own but because he has to feed his family. But making a living selling one's artistic wares has certain satisfactions that money can't buy.

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The Memory Maker copyright © 1989 by Charles Wysocki.