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methods employed by those pioneering figures,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Contemporary photography is at a very interesting juncture in its history where, after a century of aspiring to be ever more ‘modern’ in both aesthetic and technical terms, it has rediscovered and reconnected with its roots, while losing none of its innovative vigor. Learoyd is one of the most interesting and compelling practitioners of this phenomenon.”

Richard Learoyd, Colored Cotton II, 2010, Silver-dye bleach print

Image: 121.9 × 121.9 cm (48 × 48 in.) Lent by Richard Learoyd, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco © Richard Learoyd, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Richard Learoyd, Agnes in Red Dress, 2008, Silver-dye bleach print

Image: 172.7 × 121.9 cm (68 × 48 in.) Lent by Richard Learoyd, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

© Richard Learoyd, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco