Books

Secret Garden book cover features black and white image of nude woman holding giant bouquet of sunflowers with long stalks, her face and breasts obscured within the foliage.Secret Garden
Margaretta K. Mitchell, photographs and text
Elysian Editions

The third title in the Legacy Series, Secret Garden includes 63 images (61 black and white, 2 color) and an Introduction which explores garden as magical scene. From Eve to the Green Man to photographer Annie Brigman, Mitchell’s essay links mythology, fairy tales, folklore and art history — tracing the human experience of the natural world.
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Book and prints available from Elysian Editions.

 

Photo of On the Avenue, a Limited Edition Artist's Book shows the handcrafted purse binding in black, silver and gold; also available in paperbound edition.On the Avenue — Limited Edition Artist’s Book
Margaretta K. Mitchell, photographs and text
Elysian Editions

Collected impressions of humanity and style from the streets of New York City.
Two editions:
• Purse-Bound (Limited Edition of 10, 2017) — a photography book designed as a fancy evening bag (handbound by Virginia Phelps, digital printing by Irene Imfeld), in the collections of Swarthmore College and Tufts University. Available from vampandtramp.com/finepress/m/Margaretta-K-Mitchell
• Perfectbound (Limited Edition of 40, with gatefold flaps, 2018). Available from Elysian Editions)

 

Book cover for Island Dreams shows photograph entitled Curves, with a nude woman reclining on a curving natural formation of roots or similar material.Island Dreams
Margaretta K. Mitchell (photographs and text), Sim Warkov (poems)
Elysian Editions, 2017

In the Post-World War II period, America was not only at the peak of power but also at the apex of idealism. It was a time longing for cultural innocence. In 1949 the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific, was produced and mounted on the stage in New York. Bali Hai was a mystical place on the distant horizon, embodying and reinforcing myths about what could occur should we escape to such an exotic locale. In these images, the metaphor has no clothes; they portray the body in nature, surrendering to day and night, to dark and light. We escape manmade history. With play as our work, time is measured in the joy of discovery. Book and prints available from Elysian Editions. View images and link to video

 

Book cover for Iconographies: 20x24 Polaroid Camera Images shows detail of Adam and Eve triptych with hands dancing toward each other.Iconographies: 20×24 Polaroid Camera Images
Margaretta K. Mitchell, photographs and text
Elysian Editions, 2015

In the 1980s, Mitchell received two grants from Polaroid Corporation to produce work on their 20×24 camera: In 1984, she spent 48 hours in their Boston studio photographing dancer Lori Belilove, a specialist in reconstructing Isadora Duncan’s work, aka Duncan Dance. In 1989, Mitchell worked in Polaroid’s New York studio on “Iconographies,” a series of iconic images from art and literature (such as Truth and Beauty, Mother and Child, Desire, and others). She also used the 20×24’s vertical format to create diptychs and triptychs (Adam and Eve, Death and the Maiden, Ave Maria, New World). Book and prints available from Elysian Editions.

 

Book cover for The Face of Poetry, including 6 black and white portraits by Margaretta Mitchell of poets featured in the book.The Face of Poetry
by Margaretta K. Mitchell and Zack Rogow; foreword by Robert Hass
University of California Press, 2005 (386 pages)

Margaretta K. Mitchell conceived this volume after attending the celebrated Lunch Poems Reading Series at UC Berkeley. Her inspiration was to capture the faces of the poets who participated in the series — and her essay explores the role of portraiture, describing her studio sessions with these poets. Zack Rogow, poet, translator and coordinator of the Lunch Poems Reading Series, provides a general introduction and a brief biography of each poet. The foreword by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass puts the book in the context of the current poetry scene.

 

Book cover for Ruth Bernhard: Between Art and Life
by Margaretta K. Mitchell
Chronicle Books, 2000

A bio-memoir of the long and creative life of Ruth Bernhard, celebrated photographer and charismatic teacher.

 

Book cover shows reclining nude heaped in a triangular shape.Ruth Bernhard: The Eternal Body
Ruth Bernhard, photographs; Margaretta K. Mitchell, biography; foreword by Karen Sinsheimer
Chronicle Books, 1994 edition

The first monograph of Bernhard’s nudes, in print for 25 years, was celebrated in a newly designed edition featuring a new foreword by Karen Sinsheimer and an illuminating biography by Margaretta Mitchell. The book includes 50 images, and the back cover includes Ansel Adams’ comment on Bernhard, whom he called “the greatest photographer of the nude.”

 

Book cover for Recollections: Ten Women of PhotographyRecollections: Ten Women of Photography
Viking Press, 1979
This traveling show, which Mitchell created for the International Center of Photography, was exhibited at seventeen American museums.
“Though it serves as a catalogue of a show currently touring the country, this is a real book.” —Hilton Kramer, The New York Times Book Review
“A Jewel of a Book” —Mademoiselle

 

This photograph from English Gardens depicts vast green fields rolling down to a tree-lined body of water and stone bridge with arches.
English Gardens
Elysian Editions, 1996
Limited edition artist’s book of original archival pigment prints of English gardens, photographed in 1993.

 

Book cover for To A Cabin shows sun and water reflected in cabin window.To a Cabin
Viking Press, 1973
Dorothea Lange’s Steep Ravine photographs are celebrated in Mitchell’s tribute. “An intensely personal record of a setting in which the beauty of the people and the world is seen through the eyes of two immensely gifted women who are able to let the camera show both human joy and earthly dignity.” —Mike Cassidy, San Jose Mercury News

 

Book cover for Gift of PlaceGift of Place
Scrimshaw Press 1969
“The book is a magical combination of photography, poetry, of children, people, time and place.” —San Francisco Chronicle, 1971

 
 

 
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