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Ted Spagna (1943-1989) was an influential teacher, filmmaker, and photographer who discovered and pioneered the art of sleep portraiture. In 1975, he began to photograph humans sleeping in order to investigate the relationship between art and science and to satisfy his own curiosity about sleep behavior. His subjects included humans ranging in age from newborns to a 92 year old man, and eventually animals in captivity. The images depict the inherent beauty, rhythm, and organization of natural behavior. Spagna talked of these images in terms of Muybridge, likened them to silent film, and often spoke formally about what he called the “architecture of sleep.” He thrived on his work and enjoyed being an artist on the boundary between art and science right up until his death on June 21, 1989. What compelled him the most was his endless curiosity about the unknowable sleeping psyche and the desire to inspire exploration, discovery and learning. His brilliantly colored exposures, sensual, cinematic images of dressed or undressed sleeping subjects depict the inherent beauty, rhythm, and organization of natural behavior. “Sleep” by Ted Spagna (a coffee-table style photography book), was published in 2013 by Rizzoli Publications, and includes editorial contributions from the renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark and Dr. Allan Hobson, Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School. The book was designed and co-edited by Delia Bonfilio (Spagna’s goddaughter) and co-produced by Ron Eldridge, Spagna’s nephew. ****** For more information, visit www.tedspagna.com ******
Sleep Sheets by Spagna - Bonfilio
Couple 127 by Spagna - Bonfilio
Lone Sleeper 119 by Spagna - Bonfilio
Woman 124 by Spagna - Bonfilio
Male 133 by Spagna - Bonfilio
Nude Couple 112 by Spagna - Bonfilio
Woman 111 by Spagna - Bonfilio
Diane by Ted Spagna
Marion and Sylvio by Ted Spagna
Josh 2 by Ted Spagna
Made Bed No.2 by Ted Spagna
Mario by Ted Spagna
Jane - Detail by Ted Spagna
Alba and Paul - Detail by Ted Spagna
Self Portrait by Ted Spagna
Mr. and Mrs. Dream Doctor by Ted Spagna
Man and Dog by Ted Spagna
Liane by Ted Spagna
Josh and Judy by Ted Spagna
Seymour by Ted Spagna
Michelle by Ted Spagna
Iguana by Ted Spagna
Harry and Cat by Ted Spagna
Billy and Anita by Ted Spagna
Peter and Cat - Single by Ted Spagna
Rob and Patty by Ted Spagna
Jane by Ted Spagna
Evelyn - Frame 1 by Ted Spagna
Vincent by Ted Spagna
Peter and Cat by Ted Spagna
Alexis by Ted Spagna
Wave Of Sleep Detail by Ted Spagna
Josh Judy and Felix by Ted Spagna
James by Ted Spagna
Evelyn by Ted Spagna
Ann No. 2 by Ted Spagna
Ann No. 1 by Ted Spagna