Saving Face

Who’s that man with the sweatband and the doves? Better yet, name the photographer who captured Henri Matisse so eloquently in his environment? Henri Cartier-Bresson’s image of the master of Fauvism at home in his Villa La Reve is part of the collection of Bucks County resident Robert M. Infarinato and can be seen at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown Nov. 15- March 15, 2009.

From the pensive gaze of Georgia O’Keeffe in profile to the carefree grins of Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot at the seashore, some of the most iconic portraits of artists and celebrities are part of the expansive collection.

Saving Face: Portraits from the Collection of Robert Infarinato features work by such famed photographers as Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Imogen Cunningham, Philippe Halsman, Lotte Jacobi and Man Ray. The portraits focus primarily on subjects who made their mark in the arts including painters Henri Matisse and Mark Rothko; jazz musicians Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Ella Fizgerald, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington; dancer Martha Graham; photographer Alfred Stieglitz; writer Simone de Beauvoir; architect Frank Lloyd Wright; and actresses Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren.

An avid amateur photographer and photography collector, Mr. Infarinato began collecting photographs in 1984. He prefers to build his collection by discovering images during travels rather than through auctions and the Internet. In his opinion, collecting involves a good dose of serendipity so he does not carry a wish list of images, but simply keeps his eyes open and maintains a spirit of adventure.

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