I was reminded of Clarence Kennedy today as I strolled through a “park” near the American Academy in Rome. This so-called green space is filled with broken sculptures, an unbelievable number of stumps and endless debris. Clarence Kennedy was a resident at the American Academy in 1961. Trained as both an art historian and a photographer, Kennedy took a position teaching art history at Smith College in 1916, where he remained for forty four years.
Around 1930, he began a longtime friendship with Edwin Land, of Polaroid fame, with whom he worked developing an instant print process. The Kennedy photographs of renaissance sculptures are some of the most beautiful I have seen, because they are more than documents; they are expressive interpretations of the sculptors intentions.
These photographs were inspired by Clarence Kennedy.