Leaning against the bed in the guest room beside mine are two large photographic studies by Joyce Baronio, whose large format book “42nd Street Studio,” published in the 1980s, brought her international acclaim.
The East Hampton Star reported that when working on her subsequent book, “Wetlands,” Baronio first had to convince her models to unclothe and lie in the mud. Then she “…had to step in and out of the mud, struggling against the bog suction, from back to front of the camera and back under the focusing cloth to adjust tilt, swing, and focus. Each shot, with an 8 x 10 Calumet view camera, took nearly an hour.
“Every shoot was a workout,” Baronio said, “but fortunately a couple of my models were massage therapists.”