Floral Studies | Dain L. Tasker

”Even in the centuries which appear to us to be the most monstrous and foolish, the immortal appetite for beauty has always found satisfaction.”

Charles Baudelaire

DAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIES
DAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIES

“Flowers are the expression of the love life of plants”.

Dain L. Tasker’s Floral Studies x-ray photographs, created in the 1930’s are timeless representations of their subject drawn by a distinct process that marries science and art, situating themselves as forerunners within certain experimental modes of contemporary photographic practice. Tasker was the chief radiologist at Wilshire Hospital in Los Angeles when radiology was in its formative phase. In the late 1920’s inspired by his knowledge of the x-ray image process, and through his developing involvement with Pictorial photography, Dr. Tasker began to record numerous varieties of flowers with the x-ray process.

His Floral Studies are among the most striking and unique floral images in the history of photography, delicate in their rendering of subtle tones and descriptive in the tracing of the flower’s fragile structure; fulfilling with out sentimentality.

DAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIES

“Flowers are the expression of the love life of plants”.

Dain L. Tasker’s floral x-ray photographs, created in the 1930’s are timeless representations of their subject drawn by a distinct process that marries science and art, situating themselves as forerunners within certain experimental modes of contemporary photographic practice. Tasker was the chief radiologist at Wilshire Hospital in Los Angeles when radiology was in its formative phase. In the late 1920’s inspired by his knowledge of the x-ray image process, and through his developing involvement with Pictorial photography, Dr. Tasker began to record numerous varieties of flowers with the x-ray process.

His results are among the most striking and unique floral images in the history of photography, delicate in their rendering of subtle tones and descriptive in the tracing of the flower’s fragile structure; fulfilling with out sentimentality.

DAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIES

“Flowers are the expression of the love life of plants”.

Dain L. Tasker’s ‘ Floral Studies ‘ x-ray photographs, created in the 1930’s are timeless representations of their subject drawn by a distinct process that marries science and art, situating themselves as forerunners within certain experimental modes of contemporary photographic practice. Tasker was the chief radiologist at Wilshire Hospital in Los Angeles when radiology was in its formative phase. In the late 1920’s inspired by his knowledge of the x-ray image process, and through his developing involvement with Pictorial photography, Dr. Tasker began to record numerous varieties of flowers with the x-ray process.

His Floral Studies are among the most striking and unique floral images in the history of photography, delicate in their rendering of subtle tones and descriptive in the tracing of the flower’s fragile structure; fulfilling with out sentimentality.

DAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIES
DAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIESDAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIES
DAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIES
DAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIES
DAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIES
DAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIESDAIN L. TASKER | FLORAL STUDIES

Joseph Bellows Gallery

Exhibition: Dain L. Tasker | Floral Studies

January 9 – February 19, 2016