Don Worth has
worked with a quiet perseverance for nearly sixty years
creating images that rank him among the most profound photographers
of the West Coast School. With his intense and studied
focus, Worth has persistently sought an interior reality
beyond the material boundaries of his subjects. While surrendering
none of the natural organic character, his plants emanate
a contemplative energy and finally evoke a spiritual iconography.
Worth’s large format landscape photographs are marked
by an incisive clarity and quiet meditative aura and often
reflect the subtle transformative powers of fog and mist.
His unwavering and painstaking dedication has resulted
in some of the most beautiful masterworks of twentieth
CLOSE TO INFINITY presents for the
first time a collection of Worth’s finest work in a single elegantly bound
monograph. Many photographs reproduced here have never
been exhibited and were known only to the artist’s
closest friends. The addition of this unseen work unveils
for the first time the full range of Worth’s genius.
A landmark volume, CLOSE TO INFINITY unfolds a stunning
array of master prints, revealing a sustained and reverent
photographic vision that is as breathtaking as it is profound.
Rice contributes an essay that examines Worth’s
artistic contribution, from his earliest years of apprenticeship
and instruction, through the images that established his
place in photographic history to the concluding masterworks
that represent his mature achievement.
Don Worth was awarded
a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974 and an appointment from
the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980. His photographs
are included in countless major museums, including the
Getty, MOMA and Chicago Art Institute.