Tone Poems – Book 1
Bruce Barnbaum / Judith Cohen
Tone Poems – Book 1
Opuses 1, 2 & 3
120 pages | Hardbound with Dust Cover, 12 x 12.25 in.
This large-format book contains 90 superbly reproduced black-and-white photographs divided into three sections, or opuses. Opus 1, “Enigmas, Abstractions and Surprises,” centers on a variety of images that are alternatively abstract, experimental, and unexpected. They are drawn from figure studies, landscape, architecture, and a variety of other roots. Opus 2, “Darkness and Despair,” is, in essence, a primal scream caused by the loss of an environmental battle, as politicians changed the laws to permit an illegal mining project. Opus 3, “Lyricism of the Land,” shows the magnificence of the natural world in which we live—including man-made alterations—as a celebration of the glories of our life-supporting planet.
The accompanying CD contains 74 minutes of classical piano music played by Judith Cohen and recorded in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. The music was chosen to mirror and expand upon the emotional content of the imagery in each opus.
Also included is an introduction written by world-renowned composer Gerard Schwarz.
Originally published by Photographic Arts Editions, now distributed by Rocky Nook.
- Photographers , Artists
Bruce Barnbaum, of Granite Falls, WA, began photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s, and after four decades, it is still his hobby. Photography has also been his life’s work for the past 40 years.
Bruce’s educational background includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mathematics from UCLA. After working for several years as a mathematical analyst and computer programmer for missile guidance systems, he abruptly left the field and turned to photography.
Bruce is recognized as one of the finest darkroom printers on this planet, both for his exceptional black-and-white work, as well as for his color imagery. He understands light to an extent rarely found and combines this understanding with mastery of composition, applying his knowledge to an extraordinarily wide range of subject matter.
Bruce has authored several books, some of which have become classics. His early publication of The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression (first published in1994 and going out of print in 2002) was updated, revamped, and newly released in late 2010 by Rocky Nook. This new book became an instant bestseller and is sure to remain a classic for years to come.
Bruce has been an active environmental advocate for more than three decades, both independently and through his involvement and leadership with organizations such as the Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society, the Mountain Loop Conservancy, Futurewise, and the North Cascades Conservation Council.
Judith Cohen, also from Chicago, began playing the piano in 1961 at the age of 5, and studied at the Chicago Musical College until the age of 18. She was the First Prize Winner in the 1984 Pacific International Piano Competition, prompting jury chair Dr. Bela Nagy to call her “one of the five best pianists I’ve heard in the last fifteen years.” In 1985, she was the only American of eight pianists chosen to perform in the public master classes of Maestro Aldo Ciccolini in Bari, Italy. Following a 1985 recital in Mexico City, critic Robert Somerlott of the Mexico City Daily News wrote, “Judith Cohen captivated the audience with both her musicianship and stage presence, proving herself an artist of unusual talent.”
Judith released her first commercial recording, an all-Prokofiev album, in 1988 on the Byzantium label. In 2000, she released three compact disks of 20th century piano music for Pear Records, and in the spring of 2003, Capstone Records released a live-concert recording titled “In Tandem: Music for Two Pianos,” performed by Ms. Cohen and pianist Jill Timmons.
Since 1989, Judith Cohen has served as Artistic Director of the Governor’s Chamber Music Series in Washington, planning and performing in chamber music concerts throughout the Pacific Northwest. She made her European debut in April 2002 with two solo recitals in Budapest, Hungary.