The exhibition features original masterworks from an international circle of painterly photographers know as the Photo-Secession. The American 'triumvirate' of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand are represented along with other key figures in pictorialist photography from both sides of the Atlantic, including Clarence White, Gertrude Käsebier, Alvin Langdon Coburn, and Frederick Evans. In the first years of the 1900s, several of these artists seceded, or broke away, from the mainstream use of the camera as a tool for mechanical reproduction and embraced a new style that emphasized the role of craftsmanship.Through such labor-intensive processes as platinum, gum-bichromate, bromoil, and gelatin silver printing, they created rich, tonally subtle images. The rare vintage prints in this exhibition provide an exceptional opportunity to view the art of photography as it finds its expressive potential at the dawn of the twentieth century.
Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. The exhibition is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.
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Image: Edward J. Steichen, American, b. Luxembourg (1879-1973), Nude Torso, 1934, gelatin silver print, 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. Vanity Fair © Condé Nast