The Last Living Master: Black Platinum, Red Gold
Firefallmedia to release The Last Living Master, a fictional tour de
force, reveals the true reality of famous imagists, on November 1.
New York (PRWEB) October 26, 2016 -- Behind the best images in the
press and gallery world are equally powerful personalities who have
mastered their idiosyncracies and made themselves successful and
influential, famously. Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange are just
two of the people presented in this novel, a fictional memoir, inspired
by the author’s own experience and by his long friendship with other
serious photographers. Driving themselves to heights and depths not
previously seen, altering the public vision in turn, these
image-makers, in their intersecting lives, tell the previously
unrevealed side of photographic history.
The story involves a cross-country trip with a platinum printer and his
digitally-minded son, as they challenge each other’s art and authority
across time zones. The love life of the characters gives an extra
dimension to the story, in their attempt to redefine family.
This is a unique read in the narrative of photography and visual
thinking. According to the author, Elihu Blotnick, “The book is a
word-print. I trust my own experience, and I believe my photographer
friends, that the rest of the information, intimately acquired from
historical figures, is in all details accurate. Otherwise this is
fiction to a purpose, based on a solid reality, much like a photograph.
The narrative follows the conflicts in style, age, and personality that
define our current milieu.”
Here, Andre Corel starts with a view camera from the gold rush, that a
relative used with miners in the Yukon. After apprenticing to two of
the immortals, Andre begins making cameras of his own. In the darkroom
he tries to refine the past by improving on the chemistry of gold and
platinum printing. Cran, his only son, is a challenging new generation,
intent on breaking free entirely and leaping into the future, to seduce
his own digital muse. “Let’s talk Freud,” Cran demands of his father.
Mastery, as a test of personality, determines the unexpected end.
Elihu Blotnick is the author of eleven other novels, most under
pseudonyms. Among them are On the Crest of Time ("coy, mysterious,
sexy...a collusion of photographs and story" Booklist) and Don’t Drink
the Eye Drops, Dream Rider ("jolting...a swift quirky tale" Publishers
Weekly). His poetry & photography include Russian Hill &
Saltwater Flats (“powerful and very personal images of contemporary
America” New York Times)