From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
Name/TitleStrange Song of Summer Day
About this objectRobert Fichter is an American photographer known for combining drawing and photoengraving processes into his work. He has titled this technique Print-Photo-Fusion. Fichter studied under Jerry Uelsmann and Henry Holmes Smith, who both had a significant impact on his work. In 1966, Fichter met Nathan Lyons and ended up working for him at George Eastman House as an assistant curator until 1968. Lyons started Visual Studies Workshop in 1969, and Fichter has since maintained an association with VSW. Fichter has also been a professor at a number of schools throughout his career.
This etching shows some plant life in the background and a dog lying on its back in the foreground, shadow visible on the ground. It is titled, “Strange Song of Summer Day.” This copy is the artist’s proof.
Medium and MaterialsEtching.
Inscription and Marksrecto: [ink] “Strange Song of Summer Day” Artist Proof 2/7/64 RWF verso: [pencil] Fichter 2000:061:06
Measurementsimage: 15 cm x 14.7 cm
overall: 25.6 cm x 17 cm
Subject and Association Keywords1960s
Subject and Association Keywordsprinting process
Subject and Association Keywordslines
Subject and Association KeywordsAnimals
Subject and Association Keywordsblack ink
Subject and Association Keywordswoodcut
Subject and Association KeywordsDog
Subject and Association KeywordsShadows
Subject and Association KeywordsPlants